If you have been a frequent (or not-so-frequent) reader of this blog over the last two years you might have noticed I have a penchant for photographing the mundane, the commonplace, the various objects and scenarios which make up the landscape of daily life. For me this functions as a meditative practice. In order to participate in this act creatively I must keep in mind that there is something akin to wonder to be found in nearly everything. Which is not to say that I go through my day as a starry-eyed dreamer, more’s the pity, but that I do have a need to cultivate a contemplative frame of mind. As I go about daily errands, perform household chores, and take the time for entertainments and distractions I remain ready to have those things which are worth noticing impressed upon me. Often, this lies in the details of a thing. More often still, it can be found in the utilitarian.
Further, as photography is not and never has been truth it lends itself to what has always been it’s strength: emphasis of a moment. An instance, divorced from its context because of a point of interest that the photographer in the choice of releasing the shutter calls the viewer to “come and see”. Process, in particular the various process of photography suit my purposes for this whether the process is digital or analog. It’s all very deep and meaningful, except for when it’s not. In truth I keep these thoughts mostly in the background and simply do what I do. This practice I recommend to everyone; simply do what you do.
Last year I made a modest e-book which briefly covered this subject. It is offered freely here.