Thursday, May 25, 2006

The "Ordinary" Transformed into Something Else...


One of the most magical properties of photography is its ability to transform the ordinary - by which I mean common, everyday things and places - into something else: sometimes this "something else" is the same ordinary object(s) but with a subtle uncommon twist; sometimes it is the same "ordinary" object(s) but observed from an unusual perspective with less-than-common lighting; and sometimes (in those improbably rare but magical moments!) the photograph captures something that at first sight appears to be the same as something you recognize as utterly ordinary and uninteresting, but which upon further reflection shines radiantly with an ethereal glow, as though a portal into a hidden dimension of beauty has been revealed, if only for an instant. The "image" - in such rare instances - points to something that is simultaneously obviously of this world, and just as obviously not!

Sadly, I have no examples of the latter category to show you, though each time I go out with my camera, a part of my soul waits (yearns, hopes, dreams...) expectantly, for the world to bestow this joyous gift; I know it exists, for I have seen it - many times! - if only in my mind's eye as I slowly bring my finger to the shutter, so as not to disturb the magic, and whisper a short prayer as I press it that the camera has captured what I see. Alas, it has not yet done so; but the beauty is too great to ignore and not share with others.

In the meantime, however, I do have a few humble samples from the first two categories...

The "ordinary" objects depicted here are commonly known as mud, rock, tree, old glasses, a reflection in a puddle, and a fence on the beach.








Oh, and the image at the top of this entry, is a view from an "ordinary" hiking trail at a local park (Great Falls, VA side).

How uncommonly beautifully "common"! ;-)

4 comments:

katie said...

everything you call "common" is definetely not common in my view but unusual and exceptional. mat'

David S. Mazel said...

Now you're talking in a language I understand. Pictures of the common seen as something special, artistic.

Gary Nylander said...

You have a very nice blog........I always try to find intresting images out of the common things around me.....

David S. Mazel said...

Where do photos like these:

http://history1900s.about.com/library/photos/blyindexdday.htm

fit within your views of photography? I am eagerly awaiting a post on this.

Thanks.