About five years ago, I began to specialize in a form of photography called puddlegramming. It involves squatting next to a puddle and taking a reflection shot (read some tips here). Having spent the previous ten years shooting non-puddled New York scenes, I found the addition of a puddle to be very refreshing, as it allowed me to see familiar scenes in new ways. Almost all of this work was done with smartphones, whose small size and large screen allowed the puddlegram to be composed more easily than with a bulky SLR. Over time, I found that others had independently discovered puddleography, and sometimes I'd even catch fellow practitioners hovering over the same puddles.

In order to encourage the growth of this genre, and to discover more puddlegraphers, I herewith present my top puddlegrams of 2016, and ask that fellow practitioners submit theirs in the comments below this post. We will let the commentariat select their favorite and award this years title of Best New York Puddlegram (ie. just vote up the one you think is best.)

Gowanus puddle

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hose puddle

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Brooklyn Bridge Park puddle

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prospect park puddle

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5th Avenue puddle

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Smith Street ice puddle

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Union Street puddle

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7th Avenue puddle

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Upper West Side puddle

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