Love, Lines, and Angles: Finding Beauty in Ordinary Places

My friend Cy doesn’t consider herself a photographer; however, she has a knack for evoking strong feelings with the ordinary things she photographs with her phone camera. She always remarks that she’s learning a lot about photography from me, but I am learning so much from her.

I’ve been attempting to “train” my eye to see things differently and find art in ordinary things. So, while my camera and I have been having a wonderful time watching spring unfold, I’ve also been making a point of photographing some of the mundane things I encounter in my everyday life, things to which I usually pay little attention.

A couple of weeks ago I focused on lines. They were everywhere–in my office, in the air, on the ground, on my student’s back.   Even though my camera was often mere inches away, I captured the photos below with my iPhone because usually the ordinary is most striking when I’m not expecting it and when I’m not attempting to “force” it.

I noticed the power lines on my walk down the driveway to the mailbox one afternoon. I was struck by the awe and power they represent–power to give life and to take it.

Power and Respect.

The dandelion was beneath them, hoping for some attention, before all the “wishes” blew away.

“Dande-Lines”

A sleek bike was resting in the hallway mere feet away from my (work) office. It was a gift waiting for me to return from a brief walk on campus.  The lines on the floor were not to be ignored either.

“Circles, Lines, and Angles”

The table, chair, and railing lines caught my eye while I was having lunch with a friend, reminding me of all the ways we work to stay connected. The empty chair (for me) represented a friend who could not join us for lunch that day.  

“Lines of Communication.”

Finally, my student’s thought-provoking tattoo.  The words “reflect God’s love” are written in Arabic with the sun and rays providing the visual message.  There’s an intriguing story that goes along with this tattoo, but the lines–the rays–grabbed my attention.

“Reflect God’s Love”

There’s simply so much beauty in the ordinary. Sometimes, it takes adjusting one’s angle or purview just a little, but it’s there. Always.  

Have you found beauty in the everyday things that meet your eyes?

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12 Comments

  1. Lela

     /  May 1, 2017

    Impressive and provocative. Who would have thought of finding lines in these places–and making such beautiful photography of them! Thank you.

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  2. Cy

     /  May 1, 2017

    Love It! I am still learning from you, btw. 😊

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  3. LaVerta Lundy

     /  May 2, 2017

    Hi Chandra–Been enjoying your posts. Finding beauty all around, even in the most mundane things. How special. Thanks so much!!

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  4. Good job! Hugs from France…

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  5. In clean, sparse design, yes. Your first two images are amazing; the editing as much as what I imagine to be the untouched image.

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    • Thanks, Mel! I thought about posting the originals, but (to be honest) got a little lazy. Posting them required looking for them on my “camera roll.” Too much work! 😀

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  6. Really awesome, thanks for the beautiful reminder to notice the unnoticed 🙂

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