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 whole bunch of things to photograph all bunched up in a ceramic jar in the kitchen. As I have done in the past with simple, “insignificant” 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 not!?”
I encourage you to ask the same question, “why not,” next time you see ordinary, everyday objects, and grab your camera and photograph them. You may be surprised!