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The world’s most well-known cities get an atmospheric upgrade in these fog-covered photos

Taking in a city’s skyline is always a breathtaking sight. These conglomerations of buildings are sprawling testaments to the incredible talent and determination of man physical trophies of our own progress. Even still, Mother Nature knows just how to out-do and amplify our efforts by simply throwing some fog over these skylines. The world’s most major cities — Dubai, London, Capetown, Shanghai, New York — have all been made even more mysterious, beguiling and gorgeous with a morning of fog. Thankfully, some quick thinking and talented photographers captured these fleeting moments so we can revel in their atmospheric beauty. 3BAF21B900000578-4071098-Head_above_the_clouds_Mr_Erturk_hiked_to_a_viewing_point_at_4am_-a-12_1482947876965 Bergamo City in Italy looks as if it’s been set on fire, the fog intensifying and obscuring the city’s evening lights while the Chicago skyline calls to mind a futuristic city buried by some unnamed weather disturbance. Whether it’s early morning, twilight or somewhere in between, these foggy scenes are captivating, haunting and otherworldly in their beauty. h/t: 3BAF32BD00000578-4071098-Windy_City_Fog_blankets_Chicago_s_tallest_buildings_after_rollin-a-13_1482947877020 3BAF21C000000578-4071098-City_in_the_sky_The_skyline_of_San_Francisco_blanketed_in_fog_th-a-9_1482947876915 3BAF32B900000578-4071098-Mysterious_scene_Photographer_John_Harrison_captured_these_breat-a-11_1482947876965 3BAF077000000578-4071098-Blanketed_Only_the_antenna_spire_of_the_Oriental_Pearl_Tower_whi-a-10_1482947876955 3BB2211B00000578-4071098-image-a-4_1483003454681 32C1D0C900000578-0-image-a-36_1459597172276

This traveling photographer’s puddle portraits reveal hidden worlds inside urban landscapes

Most of the time, the simplest, most effortless ideas beget the most complex, poignant results. Such is the case for Guido Gutierrez Ruiz’s photographic series of puddles found in urban landscapes. 1hhnr Canadian born and currently living in Madrid, the globe trotter quite literally just happened upon his artistic calling. He says of the project, “It all started when I was standing on the street waiting to cross when I noticed a puddle right below me with the reflection of a cloud, and I had the curiosity to see what would happen if I put my camera close to the puddle and capture its hidden parallel world.”2hgbhasl It is with that single idea that a worldwide phenomenon was born. The 27 year old started an Instagram account documenting his puddle portraits three years ago using only his Google Nexus 5 smartphone, no photoshop and currently clocks in at over 28,000 followers. 3gklophsd As a frequent traveler, packing light was a major priority for Ruiz— which meant leaving the hefty DSLR at home. Ever the intrepid explorer, the amateur photographer decided to make due with his phone when he wanted to take photos. He never even had the chance to start documenting his travels with anything other than his phone! 4asqqio His mirrored landscapes are richly textured and densely packed— with two fully realized worlds to discover, Ruiz’s viewers go on their own urban adventure with each new snapshot. The horse-drawn carriage in Seville, Spain shows not only the vibrancy of the city square, with people energizing the space, it also emphasizes the beauty of the surrounding historic architecture. With each building’s wrought iron balconies, intricate moldings and unique craftsmanship seen in double, there’s no denying the impact.5hhdwsf In a quieter, more subdued snap, Ruiz caught a woman’s booted legs, stepping through a puddle on the street to reach the sidewalk. Published on Mother’s Day and entitled The Power of Mums, the black and white photograph is a stunning tribute to powerful women everywhere. 6gdsdg Ruiz says he’s never studied photography but has always enjoyed taking photos. That excitement and passion comes through in his puddle photographs. A New York sidewalk in Times Square, complete with a yellow taxi, neon billboards, bicyclists and commuters, totally encapsulates the energy of the city, again, made even more apparent by the double image in the puddle. 7fsasjk On finding inspiration for his photographs, Ruiz says “the world of tourism itself is my true inspiration, making me want to travel the world and capture it with different perspectives.” Be sure to follow Ruiz on Instagram at @guigurui to follow his travels and see his amazing snapshots of the hidden urban worlds!8gswwgj sources: Daily Mail

The 2017 Sony photography award submissions are already proving to be out of this world

Each year, Sony hosts a photography contest, the Sony World Photography Awards, where professional, hobbyist and youth photographers alike can submit their most arresting photographs for consideration to win the prestigious awards. The ceremony will take place in London on April 20, 2017.sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires0-1-900x600 So far, the entries range from crisp nature shots to dreamy studio set ups; the single thread linking them of course being the raw talent and unbridled inspiration of each photographer. We’re particularly drawn to the black and white shot of the zonked out Malaysian schoolboy and the Finnish police officer, resplendent in red sunglasses and neon necklaces. In each, a universal humanity is laid bare, exposing an undefinable relatable quality of both the photographer and subject. [h/t] sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires0-900x550 sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires1-900x600 sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires2-900x1350 sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires3-900x599 sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires4-900x569 sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires8-900x601 sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires9-900x554 sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires12-900x600 sonyworldawardphoto2017firstentires13-900x675

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