Brooklyn daredevil photographer killed climbing on subway car to capture the city

A thrill-seeking New York photographer who "didn't want a boring life" has died trying to capture a breathtaking shot of the city he loved.

The popular Brooklyn photographer Christopher Serrano, 25, was known for his incredible shots taken from ledges of skyscrapers and other incredible heights.

'It's lonely up here' read the caption on Christopher's final Instagram picture. Picture: Instagram/heavy_minds

His Instagram profile heavy_minds is full of spectacular images of the city, attracting more than 120,000 followers.

“It’s lonely up here,” he captioned a picture taken from Times Square, with his legs dangling over a ledge, that he shared to his Instagram account two days before his death on Wednesday night.

It is believed the daredevil was riding between train cars in attempt to climb on top, when he hit his head on a beam and fell to his death, the New York Daily News reported.

Christopher was known for his breathtaking pictures of New York and surrounds. Picture: Instagram/heavy_minds

His body was found just before five the following morning.

Police assumed Christopher was train surfing, but his mother Susan Serrano believes it was a "terrible accident".

“He just wanted to take a picture of the city he loved so much,” she said.

Christopher planned to work as a correction officer before joining the NYPD, and had just received news of being admitted to the New York City Correction Academy, according to his mother.

Ryan Serrano said his brother didn't want a boring life. Picture: Instagram/ryanserrano

“Christopher was the most passionate, fun loving person,” she said.

“He loved the adrenaline rush of photography. He wanted to show people places. He wanted to show people what's out there, what the city is like.

“I was proud of him, but I was terrified.”


Ryan Serrano said his brother's motto was: “Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away”.

“His philosophy was all about experience.

“He was a very visual person. He had the will to experience life. He didn't want a boring life.”

Serrano had an associates from BMCC, and also attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with plans to join the NYPD. Picture: Instagram/heavy_minds

The photographer's girlfriend Victoria Steele, 20, who was with him earlier on the night of his tragic fall, said the young man was a great inspiration.

“He was literally the most amazing person I've ever met in my entire life,” she told the Daily News.

“Anything he wanted to do, he went out and did it. He brought me out of my shell.”