Many photographers look forward to trips to special places, landmarks, awesome nature, monumental views, and the like. In between the trips, we spend our lives driving on the roads we have traveled countless times, looking out the window and seeing the same neighborhood for the umpteenth time, visiting the same shopping places like we do every week. In other words, everything around us becomes “ordinary” and we learn to instinctively ignore them. In doing so, are we ignoring life as we live it?
Visitors of this site probably know how much I enjoy walking around the neighborhood and discovering new things, new views, and photograph them with a new interest. Aside from that, last year I decided to celebrate the ordinary places by treating them with great attention while observing it from the outside, and putting the extra effort normally reserved for “special” places. I started using the Canon 24mm TS-L lens to capture three consecutive photographs at each lens position, shifted sideways. By doing this, I intended to create panoramic views of these ordinary places and to elevate them by the extra attention and the striking view the panoramic vistas of the distant lands provide.
In the first part of this project, I have limited my locations to within the city of Warwick where we live and selected places that we visit, drive by, go to eat. After the photographs were taken, I carefully stitched them to create the panoramic rendering of these ordinary places. By “ordinary” I do not mean, nor do I imply “insignificance” or “unimportance.” Quite the contrary, these places are indeed where we eat, where we shop, where we meet friends, where we enjoy the vista, in other words, where a good part of our lives take place. Like us, thousands of others do the same, making these places an integral part of our experiences. They are life!
This post is a celebration of life that we often live without sufficient awareness. These are the ordinary places where we the people shop, dine, enjoy the ocean and the parks, drive by the neglected and the well-kept. In a way, they are the visual “Fanfare For The Common Man” to steal from Aaron Copland.