Rain can wreak havoc on even the best-laid travel plans, but while most travellers skip over the puddles left in the wake of inclement weather, one photographer deliberately seeks them out. The result is a beautiful photography series that shows some of the world’s most famous cityscapes in a new light.
Photographer Guido Gutiérrez Ruiz began the project in 2013 after the inspiration struck him while he crossed the street.
“I looked down and saw the clouds and sky reflected on a puddle. I then thought, what if I took my phone and put it as close as I can to the water to capture [this] parallel world?” he told AWOL.
Since then, he’s captured some of the world’s most famous neighbourhoods from this unique perspective.
“One of my favourites is the picture I took of a girl in Bordeaux [above]. To me, the picture represents happiness, creativity and imagination – three things that should be in every child, and three things everyone should have during their whole life,” Ruiz says.
Beyond Bordeau and his current hometown of Madrid, Spain, Ruiz has expanded his unique as far away as Toronto, London and Paris. All of his pictures are taken with his Google Nexus 5 smartphone, and are free of Photoshop effects. He believes anyone with a smartphone can take equally beautiful snaps.
“I love to be able tos hare with everyone that one does not need an expensive camera in order to take a nice photo. I also like demonstrating the importance of perspective and creativity,” Ruiz says.
Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.