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Puddle Architecture photo by Madeleine DiGangi (

You know what the weather’s been like in NYC this week: clouds, rain, more clouds, more rain. Sucks, but photographer and writer Madeleine DiGangi finds inspiration in the wet weather. Her photos show the flip side of urban architecture — buildings reflected in the city’s puddles pooling on streets and sidewalks.

The Architectural Puddles tumblelog shows a series of frame-within-a-frame photos, puddles opening up a window to the sky. Skyscrapers tend to make the biggest impact in the photos, stretching straight up or straight into the ground, depending on your perspective. There are all kinds of buildings though: brownstones, apartment complexes, storefronts.

Puddle Architecture photo by Madeleine DiGangi (

It’s this new angle that makes the photos fun. DiGangi writes in an email that the project is “about finding new perspectives – of dreary weather and of this awesome city.” She explains the impetus for the photos,

Well, it rains a lot in NYC and i hate rain. But I’m also an irritatingly optimistic person, so I decided to find an upside to it all. I walk to and from work (from the East Village to Soho everyday), and so, i see a lot of puddles. But as you can see, there’s beauty in them – they reflect the majestic architecture of the city, quite literally.
Little did we know that puddle photography is actually kind of a thing around the city. For a while, a certain puddle in DUMBO had its own PuddleBlog, with constant updates documenting the puddle’s changing size and personality. DiGangi’s puddles are a lot less megalomaniacal, not to mention prettier.

Puddle Architecture photo by Madeleine DiGangi (

Hat tip to Brainpicker.

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