Lens-Artists Challenge #169 – The Ordinary
“Quit trying to find beautiful things to photograph. Find the ordinary objects that you can transform by photographing them.”Morley Baer
This week our guest host I.J. Khanewala asks us to focus on the ordinary – and perhaps as Mr. Baer suggests – make them extraordinary. I’ve opened with a simple offering of flowers by a small child. It is the act of kindness and love one feels in the gesture that makes this an image-worthy moment.
“I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.”Trent Parke
Sometimes as photographers we work to turn ordinary objects into art by using technique. Can you guess the subject of the image above captured with my out-of-focus lens?
“If reality fails to fill us with wonder, it is because we have fallen into the habit of seeing it as ordinary.”
Crocs, as they’re commonly known, are about as ordinary as a thing can be. Yet if we find them thrown together in a big pile, and we see all of the colors of the rainbow clustered together, does it not turn the ordinary into the extraordinary?!
“The most interesting photography observes what most of the world ignores and dismisses as dull or too ordinary.”Anna Fox
I was drawn to a simple farmers market display of onions in the image above. Some might call them ordinary – I found them beautiful with their colorful jackets and blonde hair 😊
“If photography is about anything, it is the deep surprise of living in the ordinary world….By focusing on the small and the unexpected…the photographer reminds us that the actual world is full of surprise, which is precisely what most people, imprisoned in habit and devoted to the familiar, tend to forget.”John Rosenthal
The stacked chairs in my closing image serve as a reminder that summer has ended and our many visitors have returned to their primary homes. For me it is the most beautiful of times. The weather is perfect, the beach is a solitary, peaceful haven, our birds are again comfortable that they will not be disturbed, and soon our sweetgrass will bloom in its autumn splendor.
What an interesting challenge I.J. has given us this week! I have no doubt we will see an amazing variety of images, each with their own special meaning. Be sure to link your responses to I.J.’s original here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to appear in our reader section. Sincere appreciation to all who responded to last week’s “Seen Better Days” challenge. I believe we’ve proven beyond a doubt that photographers do indeed love to focus their lenses on the beauty to be found in old, dilapidated places and things. Finally, we hope you’ll join us next week when Patti brings us challenge # 170. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.