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 whole bunch of things to photograph all bunched up in a ceramic jar in the kitchen, all ordinary objects. 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 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!