The family of a popular Instagram photographer, who died while attempting a dangerous subway surfing stunt on Oct. 4, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a gallery exhibit in his honor.
Christopher Serrano, 25, known by his 100,000-plus followers as @Heavy_Minds, died in-between two subway cars after attempting to climb and ride on top of a Coney Island-bound F train while it was moving.
The GoFundMe"Heavy_Minds Memorial Galleries" campaignset up on Oct. 10 was a third of the way to its $10k goal after only three hours. The money will go to making physical prints of his best-known and never published works from his collection of majestic and poignant images of New York City.
"He inspired people to pick up a camera and follow in his footsteps, me included.He always wanted to have a gallery to showcase his work but he never had the chance. We want to continue his legacy and make galleries happen. A screen does not do his work justice," it is written on theGoFundMe page.
Serrano’s brother Ryan Serrano told Metro that his brother was laid to rest on Oct. 8.
“He was not some drunk guysurfing a subway,” the brotherwrote in an email. “Hewanted to live his life to the fullest and he did not measure that by time. He measured it by his experiences. His favorite quote was“life is not measured by the breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away."
Serrano was known for his uncanny views of the Manhattan skyline, frequently taken from unthinkable heights and occasionally showing his own legs dangling off the edge of a skyscraper.
“He did not have a boring life,” Serrano wrote, adding that his brother was an especially kind and charismatic person who had been walking dogs and was recently accepted to the academy to become a corrections officer. His other dream was to one day join the ranks of the NYPD.
“He died pursuing his desire to live his life with adventure and to appreciate the beauty hesaw in New York.
Serrano’s last Instagram photo, posted one week ago, shows him sitting on the ledge above Times Square with the caption “It’s lonely up here.”
In a heartfelt inscription on his GoFundMe page Ryan Serrano wrote that “I wish I had taken more photos of you.”