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(Extra)ordinary

Mundane and meaningful objects. Beautiful everyday things. This week, surprise us with something or someone (extra)ordinary.

Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

I’m drawn to creaky doors and tiled floors. Textured walls and abandoned objects on the street. Things or settings we might overlook at first glance. Whether in a new or familiar place, I try to keep my eyes open — to look for beauty or interestingness where I least expect it.

On Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, you can walk into a prison cell, or a former inmate library, or an old dining hall — there’s so much to look at, so much to learn. And yet my favorite photo from this infamous facility is of a lone sink:

Sink, New Industries Building, Alcatraz, San Francisco

As I toured this space with other visitors, most eyes were on a colorful dragon kite, which floated across the room as part of an Ai Weiwei art exhibit. But I couldn’t stop looking at this sink: it remains after all this time, and very much the focal point of this old wall. It’s an everyday thing, but also special — I can sense the passage the time, the many stories of those who have passed through this building, and the great history of this island.

I expect wildly different and very personal takes on this theme, (Extra)ordinary, because our own ideas and experiences will shape our interpretations. What’s mundane yet meaningful to you? What’s a beautiful everyday thing? Or, maybe you can capture an ordinary setting or common scene that has somehow transformed — with festive decor or a new coat of paint.

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  1. I agree that this sink makes an extraordinary picture. It can be anywhere and we know there’s a story there. The fact that it’s in Alcatraz adds an entirely different layer to be sure, but it’s one of those pictures that begs for a story to be written. Great capture

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  2. Today’s kids wouldn’t have a clue what it is designed for.

    In these days of smartphones, the phone booth could be considered a remnant of the past indeed.

    But you can still find it in major cities around the world.

    That is, if you care to look. So, keep you eyes sharp. Who knows? You may even find a Mr. Clark changing into his Superman outfit inside.

    http://wp.me/p6FwZ-27Q

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