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. 1hhnrCanadian 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. 3gklophsdAs 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! 4asqqioHis 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.5hhdwsfIn 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. 6gdsdgRuiz 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. 7fsasjkOn 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!8gswwgjsources: Daily Mail