Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #7: Everyday Moments
“Life is the opportunity to create moments of wonder.”
This week Amy has asked us to examine some of life’s everyday moments. It occurred to me that for the most part my images that fit the theme have been made during my travels. For some reason, life’s little moments seem much more interesting when they happen in another country – such as my capture of the bartender in Scotland shown above. Somehow I can’t imagine myself photographing a bartender here in my own neighborhood.
“A moment in time has multiple moments.”
Proving myself wrong, the capture above was made as my husband and I were seated in a nearby restaurant. I loved the color of the yellow chairs, and thought the woman on the cellphone added an interesting element to the scene. Like the bartender before her, and the images that follow, I’ve used an impressionist’s brush to turn ordinary moments into something a bit more artistic.
“Here’s to the moments when you realize the simple things are wonderful enough.”
I loved the touch of pink being sported by the florist in the image above. Her everyday moments are surrounded by beautiful blooms and wafts of floral fragrance – what a lovely way to make a living!
“Truth is, moments come to an end. That’s how memories are created.”
Tyconis D. Allison Ty
Also featuring the color pink, in the image above I was drawn to a moment of peaceful pause for the woman of (as we say here in the states) “a certain age”. Her cane told me she struggled a bit with walking, but she seemed perfectly content while enjoying a bit of lunch on her wooden seat.
“No moment is too small to claim. Strung together, moments fashion a life.”
Speaking of lunch, what it is that’s so mesmerizing about a chef at work? For him, this is an everyday moment; for us it’s the precursor to enjoying a delicious meal. His smallest movements seem timed to a rhythm only he can hear.
“In the difficult moments believe in yourself.”
To me this gentleman’s simple act of reading a newspaper was enhanced by the silver urn beside, and the beautifully carved screen behind him. Engrossed in the story on the page, I was drawn to his debonair appearance – and to his total lack of interest in the intrusion of my lens 😊.
“Moments give birth to new memories”
I’ve chosen to close with an image that spoke to me of simple pleasures – fresh pastry, a bicycle ride to a country store, and some re-purposed milk jugs. As you might have guessed, the image is from a visit to the French countryside. A single moment within a fond memory. What could be better than that?
My thought when putting together my response to Amy’s challenge was that ordinary moments caught by my lens might just as easily have been captured by an artist’s brush. My love of impressionism pushed me to see the moments a bit more as a painter might have. To see how others interpreted the challenge, visit our Lens-Artists reader section, or click on Amy’s challenge here.