Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Posted: October 10, 2021 in Lens-Artist Photo Challenge
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The Lens-Artist challenge this week celebrates the ordinary . But what is ordinary? I think this quote typifies my attitude to what is or isn’t ordinary. But at the end, you’ll find one that fits my aim for my photography.

“Extraordinary magic is woven through ordinary life. Look around!”
― Amy Leigh Mercree

Look down. Even death can be beautiful.

Look forward.

Looks closer.

Look in unexpected places.

Look through a vase.

“Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes.”
― Tarjei Vesaas, The Boat in the Evening

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Wowza Janet – I loved all of these and your captions as well. Was the unexpected place a bowl or a glass – and of what? And your quotes were wonderful.

    • Thanks, Tina. The unexpected place was a Corning 2-cup measuring cup containing liquid ingredients for a recipe. 🙂 You can find some really interesting looking things when cooking!

      As for the quotes, as soon as I saw each one, I knew it was perfect for how I feel.

  2. These are very cool photos Janet! I think the middle photo is my favorite, not sure why 😊

    • Judy, I’m not the host for this challenge so you might want to link there. If you click on my highlighted “ordinary”, you’ll get to the host site. 🙂


  3. belocchio says:

    Back and forth. Back and forth. Impossible to pick a favourite photograph. I just kept admiring each one. Each enthralling in themselves. Each one a story. Thank you Janet for sharing ..

  4. Beautiful shots, both from nature and the human. That shot from the kitchen is fabulous. I like the pattern of the three immiscible liquids, so common and unremarkable until you pay attention to the pattern they make in the bowl, perhaps every day.

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  6. Prior... says:

    Great flow to this post and I guessed a recipe was in the works with that 2013 photo for unexpected – and then saw your comment to Tina confirmed it 😉

  7. Sue says:

    Great Ion, Janet!

  8. Beautiful photos Janet. I especially like the first and the last ones.

  9. Tish Farrell says:

    You’ve given us some striking ‘ordinaries’ here, Janet. The gathering ingredients shot is v. fascinating (something mysterious afoot in the universe).

  10. Those are all extraordinary! I love the first flower image. It’s painterly and lovely.

  11. Beautiful examples and directions and especially the last quotation.

  12. Leya says:

    Delightful quotes and great shots – beautiful thinking again, Janet! The last one is a favourite.

  13. JohnRH says:

    Excellent selections. Very well done.

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