Photo Essay: Beauty in the Ordinary

Beauty of Chaos
There are many ways to imbue the soul with delight. Faith is one of them. Living in peace is another. Seeing beauty or art in our daily travels is another. When we notice something delightful, our senses are awakened and become focused.  In a flash, we experience the positive emotion of awe, wonder, pleasure—- feel connected with our surroundings.

We can transcend the self and experience the spiritual by observing art in the ordinary. We can also use the details of experience to create art–whether a photograph, poem, short story, or personal essay.

When we shine the light on found objects on our daily routines, we notice particular details, fleeting moments, brief encounters of life–instead of living a life of distraction, lost in thought. For instance, when taking a stroll,  observe your surroundings with your senses–sight, smell, taste, touch, sound. There will be chaos, such as the din of the city. To create order from this chaos, focus your attention on the visual elements of the setting— line, shape, form, pattern, texture, colour, and contrast. While taking in the surroundings, ask yourself: What are my impressions? Why do I like it? What is unappealing? What does the sensory image mean to me? Use your answers, impressions, perceptions, intuition, memory, images to create some type of art. Everyone can discover beauty in the ordinary, and then create art. To find it, you must search for it.

Artist Hiromu Arakawa said this about the beauty of surroundings:“It’s a cruel and random world, but the chaos is all so beautiful.”


About Dave Hood

Lover of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Professional photographer and writer. Without the arts, life would be rather mundane, like a walk down the same old path on a dull day.
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