MICHELE PALAZZO. FLATIRON BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY. 2016.

“When Storm Jonas hit New York in early 2016, the city shut down. Roads, subways and shops all closed. Everyone stayed indoors but I couldn’t wait to get out. It was a Saturday and I was so excited I woke up at 6am and grabbed my camera.

I’m a street photographer. But that morning, nobody was around. Walking through the heart of the city with no cars, no subway and no pedestrians was weird – New York is never empty. I wandered down to the Flatiron Building. I pass it every day and have seen it in every kind of weather. I’m friends with the doorman, who has shown me around and let me in on its secrets.

Normally photographers attempt to capture the whole building. But because it’s about 20 storeys tall, you either have to stand really far away or tilt your lens upwards, which distorts the image. Instead, I focused on the lower level. The wind was unbelievable.

I posted it on social media and it went viral. It completely changed my career. There are so many photos of the Flatiron, it’s hard to be original. What’s special about this shot is that it looks like it’s suspended in time. It’s not clear if it was taken today, or in the past, or even if it’s a photo at all.”