Seeing the Adventure in the Ordinary

In his essay “Tremendous Trifles” G.K. Chesterton contrasts travelling the globe in search of exotic places, people and sights with his preference of discovering the meaning and the extraordinary in everyday things and people if we only make the effort to truly see and learn.

That certainly sounds like great advice for photography, after all, Chesterton was not only a brilliant writer but also a gifted visual artist and illustrator. He says “we may, by fixing our attention almost fiercely on the facts actually before us, force them to turn into adventures; force them to give up their meaning and fulfill their mysterious purpose. . . the object of my school is to show how many extraordinary things even a lazy and ordinary man may see if he can spur himself to the single activity of seeing.”

As a photographer I too often hurry from scene to scene instead of stopping and truly paying attention. Chesterton ends his essay with these words, “I will sit still and let the marvels and the adventures settle on me like flies. There are plenty of them, I assure you. The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”

Here are some of my feeble attempts to “fix my attention on the facts before me”. In order of appearance

Staircase, Running Shoes From Below, Reflections in the Water, My New Computer, Drainage Cover and Cotton Swabs.

Abstract Staircase Railing PatternCloseup View of Sneaker SoleWater ReflectionsExtreme Closeup of Motherboard and Cablesdrainagecover01_f53Close Up of Q-Tips

Weekly Challenge Photos

Advertisements
This entry was posted in art, inspirational, macro, photography, Taiwan and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Seeing the Adventure in the Ordinary

  1. Irene says:

    Love these! Never would have guessed on the running shoes from below. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Olga says:

    Wonderful words you shared from G.K. Chesterton. Images reflect his inspiration. ” Discovering the meaning and the extraordinary in everyday things and people if we only make the effort to truly see and learn.” ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: Out of this World – Quilt – What's (in) the picture?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s