Why Not Photograph Ordinary Objects?
Photograph ordinary objects? Why not? Photographers constantly search for things to photograph, generally “beautiful, amazing, striking, …” subjects, and do not hesitate to travel the distance to faraway, exotic destinations.
While mostly snow-bound in Rhode Island yesterday, I noticed a lot of ordinary items bunched up in a ceramic jar in the kitchen. As I have done in the past with simple, “insignificant” ordinary objects like salt and pepper shakers, I was moved to photograph these ordinary, everyday objects, wearing years of patina embedded on their surface like badges of honor.
I photographed them to reflect my response, reaction to their shape, form, texture, and years of service! It all happened quite fast, about twenty minutes, one after the other I photographed them with a strong emphasis on their “personality.” All the while, fully expecting questions like “what is it,” or “why did you photograph it?” My answers to these questions are: “It is (they are) a photograph(s);” and, “Why should I not!?”
Next time you see ordinary, everyday objects, I encourage you to ask the same question, grab your camera, and photograph them. You may be surprised! After all, Irving Penn, Ansel Adams, Joseph Sudek, and many other famous photographers photographed ordinary things.