50 Stunning Examples Of Reflective Photography

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Using reflections in photography can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images. Using water, windows, mirrors or any sort of reflective surface can change an image into a work of art. The wonderful thing about using reflections when taking photos is that they can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to something richer or abstract or otherwise more artistic. Sometimes reflections can be annoying and certainly not artistic. But creativity and good-quality photos depend on the photographer being able to see things differently, rather than seeing only one part of a larger whole.

Also, using reflected light can vastly improve the quality of lighting available. Diffused light is generally better for taking photos, and using reflected light, either as the main source of light or for highlighting, is an excellent way to capture diffused light.

Whether you choose to use reflection in an artistic way or as a source of lightning, learning to use reflections in photography will help take your photographic skills to the next level.

Below we present over 50 beautiful examples of reflective photography. All examples are linked to their sources. Below, you can also explore other works of the photographers we’ve featured here.

You may also want to take a look at the following related showcases:

Showcase Of Photos With Reflections:

Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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merriewells10

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Mik13

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François Raimbaud15

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Antti-Jussi Liikala17

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Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir19

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Azzam Merchant10521

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Barbara Jones25

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Julio Salinas27

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kern.justin29

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Lynnette Henderson31

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Janusz Leszczynski33

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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Nejdet Düzen37

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Xhengis Aliu43

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Ali Al-Zaidi45

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Chiara47

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Alfredo Corsaro49

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5348 Franco51

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Atwose53

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Matey5556

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Lars A. Giusti58

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Static Sparks60

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Linda O’Dell62

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tinygdynamite64

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Apricot Cafe66

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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Philipp Klinger71

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Seldon Scott73

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VISION~AIRY~75

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Mike_tn77

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Jörg B.79

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vedd81

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Ihdar Nur83

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Omar Junior85

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Mine Beyaz87

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AmsterS@m The Wicked Reflectah89
“Old School Beauty BMW reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam…no Photoshop, as usual, just some added saturation and contrast.”

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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Hypergurl94

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Maureen_g96

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Sean Mantey98

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Steve Carter100

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Last Click

Julio103

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Azzam Merchant10521

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Francesca Birini107

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2284200542/in/set-72057594139995945/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2165755911/in/set-72057594139995945/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/people/merwells/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/464167469/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/2872983631/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/people/mikapache/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikapache/2835109581/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/people/raimbaud/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/raimbaud/2688462025/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/people/rotametri/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rotametri/3024390419/
  19. 19 http://www.rebekkagudleifs.com
  20. 20 http://www.rebekkagudleifs.com
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/people/azzammerchant/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2424143329/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2484857604/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2547818726/in/set-72157603409927901/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/people/babsphotosecosse/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/babsphotosecosse/3016655308/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/people/julio_salinas/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/julio_salinas/215778708/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/people/24894289@N08/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24894289@N08/2907970995/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/people/lynnette_henderson/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnette_henderson/2513227934/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/people/januszbc/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/januszbc/2597363478/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2878792656/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/people/nejdetduzen/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2544745039/in/set-72157603549084704/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/sets/72157603549084704/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2848424240/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2003691099/in/set-72157603549084704/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2330667941/in/set-72157603549084704/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/people/xhengis/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xhengis/499132985/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/people/ali-alzaidi/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ali-alzaidi/3059266891/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/people/81015532@N00/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/81015532@N00/2021316359/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/people/netfred-2007/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/netfred-2007/2014991455/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/people/12708811@N07/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/12708811@N07/2633069893/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwose/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwose/401006189/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matey/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bamawester/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matey/2221074664/
  58. 58 http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/gallery.asp?memberID=78345
  59. 59 http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/gallery.asp?memberID=78345
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephsparks/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephsparks/2724787793/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/people/lindabjork/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindabjork/2115430075/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/people/tinygdynamite/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinygdynamite/2810210249/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/people/acafe/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/acafe/478403242/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2594011745/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2614724709/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/people/dcdead/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcdead/2363635002/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/people/seldonscott/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/seldonscott/2595748155/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/people/visionairy/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/visionairy/515153419/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/people/beginasyouare/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beginasyouare/389577096/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/people/jmbgermany/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmbgermany/2805977483/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/people/vedd/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/vedd/359097026/
  83. 83 http://1x.com/member/5848/ihdar-nur/
  84. 84 http://1x.com/member/5848/ihdar-nur/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/people/omarjunior/
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/omarjunior/2776589702/
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/photos/minebeyaz/2588686759/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/minebeyaz/2588686759/
  89. 89 http://flickr.com/people/amstersam/
  90. 90 http://flickr.com/photos/amstersam/517386614/
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  92. 92 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2589605396/in/set-72057594139995945/
  93. 93 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2671080093/in/set-72057594139995945/
  94. 94 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/
  95. 95 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/1460521373/
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureeng/
  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureeng/1849716181/
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/photos/manteys/
  99. 99 http://www.flickr.com/photos/88667970@N00/2375335109/
  100. 100 http://www.stevecarter.com
  101. 101 http://www.stevecarter.com
  102. 102 http://www.stevecarter.com
  103. 103 http://www.flickr.com/people/risquillo/
  104. 104 http://www.flickr.com/photos/risquillo/654357460/
  105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/people/azzammerchant/
  106. 106 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2706235403/
  107. 107 http://www.flickr.com/people/firenzesca/
  108. 108 http://www.flickr.com/photos/firenzesca/1140650861/
  109. 109 http://weburbanist.com/2008/11/21/21-impressive-examples-of-reflective-and-symmetrical-photography/
  110. 110 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amstersam/sets/72157594444228243/
  111. 111 http://flickr.com/groups/592533@N25/
  112. 112 http://flickr.com/groups/reflejos_20_reflections/
  113. 113 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  114. 114 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  115. 115 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  116. 116 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  117. 117 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  118. 118 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/

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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

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  1. 1

    cool! thank’s

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    Nice collection :) here is one of my photos with reflection :)

    kupen.net

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    Great images. Very inspiring work. Love to know what equipment some of them were taken with. Well done for putting these together.

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    it’s funny, how colors changed after digital photography and photoshop postprocessing came up. it’s much more brilliant and contrasted and the effect of the movement of the picture as itself is more merging into the search of detailed information in big connotations – this search for deep meanings and expressions in photography was always there, the perspective is just changing a lot through modern equipment.

    anyway, sometimes there was a “wow” looking at the pictures of this list.

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    Great collection of photos!

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    Thanks. great photos. !!!

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    www.galaxyspectrum.com

    November 30, 2008 3:36 pm

    Nice colors – but Some are a bit too Photoshopped

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    Niiiice!!
    Thanks =)

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    I miss the days of the darkroom….

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    I also got to great examples photographed by me right here:
    Water reflection
    The world seen through my eyes

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    Awesome selection!

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    Eric- New Orleans Condos and Lofts

    November 30, 2008 6:34 pm

    Lools like water and clouds are in a lot of these. You gave me some great ideas.

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    2expertsdesign.com

    November 30, 2008 6:43 pm

    Great Collection!

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    Gorgeous!!!!!

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    Amazing collection. a smash hit.

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    Some of them are truly amazing! Some of them are a bit ‘regular’ though inspiring. Thanks.

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    I’m a sucker for a good reflective photograph with still water and a few lights like the Kristy Lee, Hobart taken a few nights ago.

    Nice set. HDR is starting to wear a bit thin on me though, its getting oversold lately IMO.

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    Thanks for giving so many new ideas!

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    Amazing!!!

    I like all these, but my first one is “Linda O’Dell”

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    i hate this ucking HDR.

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    Though some of these underwent Photoshop and what nots, it would have been kick a$$ if they were raw…Im not complaining, I mean Im a photographer myself and I know that mastering the camera is no palk in the wark…I mean…Walk in the Park…beautiful post of really inspiring images and place i wish I could afford to go to someday.

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    I think that the reflection in the geko last click is a post-production fake reflection (waves can’t be like that).

    Also: I like when a photo with reflection is flipped uspide down, like this one from a friend of mine. Original and clever!

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    stunning! love the castle!

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    Francesco Carrella

    December 1, 2008 1:27 am

    I have this example of reflective photo.. :]

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    Maybe too picky, but at least a couple of them are not reflections, but refractions. :-)
    Nice set, anyway

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    Some awesome shots there :-)

    Two of my reflection shots on flickr
    B&W with colour
    and
    Marina at Night

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    Amateur Photographer

    December 1, 2008 2:23 am

    some nice shots on here.

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    Düzen’s the MASTER!!!
    Great shoots.

    Cya,
    http://andymontoya.com

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    I love these, I like to capture reflections in my oil paintings it’s one of my favorite thing about painting in oils.

    I even did a reflection in my logo on my website :) not an art site :)

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  32. 32

    Very beautiful images thanks so much for sharing these!
    If i could share some of my reflective images…


    and

    Hope you liked

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  33. 33

    the third photo from the bottom has a faked reflection. (bad one too)
    It most likely was never near water at the time of the photo.

    all else are nice.

    ..well, except for the exaggerated HDR in some.

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    Great inspiration in this post, thanks.

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    These images are beautifull! Thanks for sharing

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    Stunning! Great pictures…

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    Thanks for showcasing my picture on the Wawasan bridge!

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    Hehe…yes the Gecko is a digital reflection. Most likely done with Flaming Pear’s “Flood” plugin, which actually is a great plugin for reflections. A roll of the random seed dice might have made a better effect though.

    I’m stilll shocked that people take the time to leave messages like “these have nothing to do with design”.

    It’s called INSPIRATION.

    Any graphic designer worth their salt has a creative bug in them, and should have hobbies including photography. It’s all in the eye people… composition, framing etc.

    Good times!

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    mmmm too much saturation, sharpen, contrast for my taste. Even if subject matter is interesting there’s too much post processing going on. Effects up to eleven FTL.

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    Amazing. Thanks!

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    >Elumalai: The “photo” by Linda O’Dell was created digitally. The real reflection on the water would not skew proportions and the perspective would be slightly different.

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    Thanks to the eds for picking up my photo! To anyone who is curious I shot it with a Nikon D100 an old and nearly broken 14mm f/3.5 that I picked up on ebay some years ago. As with all the images of which I am proud, it is the product less of meticulous work and more of being the lucky one to walk by the cabin at the right time. “f/8 and be there” will hold true no matter whether post is in the dark room or the cpu!

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    Very nice work. Thou i have this feeling some of them are photoshoped, if there not photoshoped then its ashame as they feel photoshoped. Allot of these look like there not fully created by a camera. Anyways allot of them are really nice, so good work :)

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    as always…love the photograph posts. very inspirational!

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    Vedd, thought you’d like the inside reflection at Christmas time here: http://www.wels.net/s3/uploaded/76992/treeview.jpg

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    You missed one guy’s worked… He was featured in Time magazine some years back for his mostly reflective photography on the beaches of Karachi. See his work on flickr.

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