Extraordinary Everyday


β€œWhen we separate our artistic activity from daily life, we cut ourselves off from our most valuable creative resource. 

However, if we live life as an art form in itself, we have available to us all that we experience and see.”

~Brenda Tharp

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Remember the Movies?

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Fork in Morning Sun

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Rock and Window

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Blind Ambition

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Standpipe and Cup

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Elevator Door

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Winter Wall

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Window Washer

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Shadows on Windows

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Zig Zag

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Park Bench

 

Photography, Close-Up, Extraordinary Everyday, Found Art, Shadows Pac Bell and Leaf

 

 

 

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174 comments

  1. first , i didn’t recognize it’s a fork πŸ˜… ..i think that’s the creativity you have to trun thing into something else and beautiful β™₯️

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  2. Wonderful quote and wonderful gallery Jane. Special thanks for the maple leaf πŸ™‚

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    • Glad you enjoyed the quote and images, Andrew. Brenda is a terrific California photographer with whom I took a workshop. I thought that Maple Leaf was in gold leaf! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love these photographs and the story they tell! So captivating! Fantastic job!😁

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  4. β™₯️

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  5. Fantastic set Jane … so beautifully seen and composed!!! I love how you have found and incorporated shadows into many of these adding that something special to the images.The window washer was a surprise as it probably was in person too! And of course I like ‘Rock and Window’ for the subject matter!

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  6. You’ve inspired me, Jane, to look more closely at what I’m seeing. So much beauty at hand to enjoy; so much I’m missing!

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  7. I absolutely love this style of photography. I have taken many “lines and shadows” and “surprising juxtapositions” and “beautifully ugly collections of industrial flotsam and jetsam,” but these are supremely wondrous. Well done!

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  8. Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:
    My Featured Blogger this week is Jane Lurie, a California-based photographer with not just skill, but an unduplicatable gift: Jane has a magical eye, one that can what others can’t, even in the mundane, as evidenced by this collection of “Extraordinary Everyday” images. It may take a moment to process some of these images, but that’s a good thing. Like a gifted writer, Jane’s photos have layers and subtext. Enjoy!

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  9. Wow beautiful. So much talent

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  10. Love these, especially the winter wall.

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  11. This is truly captivating ❀️✨

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  12. What I especially like about this series is how you saw the extraordinary in the ordinary. Excellent work, Jane.

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  13. this is gorgeous πŸ’«

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  14. you are an greatest photographer,
    you’ll change simple things to a great photographs

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  15. Saw your year ago image of the GGB at IG. Beautiful image. Thought this would be a better place to comment.

    Surprising we’ve made it this far considering all of the information was very sketchy then. Today, I’d say the information is less sketchy but sketchy enough to be cautious. The numbers then, unreliable. The numbers today, unreliable. This is how they count an administered dose: If a shot clinic is scheduled to give out, say 300 shots, 300 syringes are pre-filled. If 250 of 300 shots are given, the other 50 which were not given are thrown away. The official count is not 250 doses given but 300 doses given. If the other guy was still president, they would fudge up that number even higher.

    I still have two weeks to work on my year ago post. Colorado didn’t go into lockdown until March 29. Seriously, the thought COVID would be more of a “California problem.” I kid you not.

    Hope you and the family are well. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much, David, for sharing your thoughts. What a year but I see a light at the end of the tunnel now.that’s frustrating about wasted doses but it seems like there will be plenty of vaccines for all in the coming month or two. Amazing what we have learned since those early days. Stay safe. We are doing well, thanks. πŸ™‚

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  16. Graphically bold. Great work!

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  17. Aptly titled … extraordinary ordinary!”

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  18. Favourites are Fork, Wind Washer, Blinds and Standpipe – I too enjoy discovering patterns, colours and compositions in all sorts of subjects! But I’ll never match your skill with great captions!

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  19. It’s always good to be extraordinary

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  20. Love this

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  21. Wow!! An amazing collection of images where the “Fork in Morning Sun” is like a stunning piece of art. I also like the “Elevator Door” very much, love them all!!

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  22. Some of these need more than one look, Jane, and that can only be a good thing. I love the fork πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  23. Wonderful quote with photos to match!

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  24. It’s right art makes us breath with a different kind of happiness

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  25. lovely pics especially the use of lines!

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  26. I loved β€œzig-zag”.

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  27. Ah, Jane, what fun! The fork! That is superb. It’s a really special photograph. I love the standpipe, too, and I had to really look for that cup! The elevator door proves you can’t stop searching for interesting things…how many people would bother to take a photo in an elevator? The shadows on the windows image is very pleasing. I love the way the curtains in the right-hand window interrupt the shadows. The zig-zag is great, and did you bend down and paint that leaf with gold? It looks like a million dollars. πŸ™‚ Thank you for a stimulating post, Jane.

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  28. You definitely make the mundane look anything but ordinary, Jane! Gorgeous!

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  29. These are all so very extraordinary! If the sun shines here later, I’m going to move a fork around the countertop, see what happens! Thanks for these, Jane, what an eye for exciting and unusual images you have. And yes, missing the movies…

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  30. Several of these are familiar places to me 😁

    Sent from my iPad

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  31. Delicious framing of the ordinary!

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  32. A wonderful album, and you nailed it with that title. How wonderful to walk through the day, with everyday objects creating an extraordinary art gallery, for people with the right mental lenses to see these striking images. Really enjoying this!!

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    • Thank you so much, Robert! I’m very happy these got you thinking about different perspectives. I credit this idea to a workshop I attended with Brenda Tharp, whose book of this title is excellent. I wish you happy “seeing” in the days ahead! πŸ™‚

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  33. I absolutely love these! You have such a good eye πŸ™‚ Perhaps Rock and Window is my favourite, or maybe Zig Zag, but all are excellent!

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    • Hi Sarah, “Rock” was on a windowsill in the garage in my former building in San Francisco. I admired it for months and finally photographed it, printed and framed the image. Then one day, the rock was gone. I was sad, but thankful to have documented it. Well, that’s a small tale about my artistic obsessions. πŸ˜„ Thanks very much for enjoying these- I really appreciate it.

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  34. You have very good eyes turning these ordinary items into very artful pieces.

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  35. These are all excellent. Very difficult to pick a favourite, but I am fascinated by the fork

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  36. Great photography Jane, you have the eyes ! πŸ˜‰

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  37. Wonderful, Jane! >>> the fork is by far my favourite, a truly wonderful and memorable image, its very well done; the window cleaner gets to me too. πŸ™‚

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  38. β™₯️

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  39. What a fabulous collection. You had me looking and looking again. Everywhere we look there’s some interesting thing to be captured. This post inspires me to spend a day taking photos around the apartment looking for new ways of seeing things, or missed details, or patterns of light and shade.
    Alison

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    • Hi Alison, Your response to this post made my day. It’s exactly what I hope for, that it will inspire photographers to see differently and with a fresh eye in the world around them. And, as you say, right in our own homes. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. 😍

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  40. Jane, the extraordinary Everyday, has become the extraordinary how you captured it.

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  41. Jane these are exceptional daily observations, I fully agree, one needs to ‘see’ the beauty all round us every day! xxx

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  42. Love the abstract images – FORK in the sun #1 Jane

    – enjoyed ! L.Z aka eco 🌿

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  43. Timely reminder to slow down to look at things more closely, Good practice for teensy flowers budding. These are wonderful. I had to do a double-take looking for the cup I had missed on first pass. Like ‘Where’s Waldo?” 😏

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    • Ha, Gunta. Funny about the cup. I actually had forgotten about it and added it to the title. Glad you found it. πŸ™‚
      Yes, good practice to look deeper. Seeing is a skill to be nurtured. Thanks so much for taking a moment to look at these. Much appreciated.

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  44. Another great group of photos. You give me something to strive for. The zig-zag and the fork, as someone else commented, are just wonderful.

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  45. The wonders are at our door and we don’ t see them. You open our eyes, Jane.
    Love ❀
    Michel

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  46. Your certainly make the everyday look extraordinary

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  47. Wow – these pictures are so unique. As soon as I can manage to get near buildings and objects in town I shall try to capture unusual photos like these. Love this post Jane.

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  48. All brilliant Jane – definitely inspirational so that we really strive to see and not just look. But then you take it up several more levels. They are all beautiful – the fork is extraordinary and the photo of the blind is flawless and the elevator door too …

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    • How wonderful to read, Carol. Thank you. Seeing happens on so many levels, doesn’t it? This year has made for much introspection…as I was sleepily contemplating life, waiting for my coffee to perk, I saw the sunlight on the counter casting its shadows and Fork was born. Happy you enjoyed these shots. πŸ™‚

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  49. Nice series, especially the fork catching the light.

    Remembering the movies, it had been awhile since I was actually at a theater or multiplex in the pre-pandemic days. Same for the rest of the crew. When the drive-in concept was tried locally in last summer, it didn’t really take-off … $8.50 per person for a movie you’ve already seen a gazillion times on TV. Plus, no concessions.

    Stay well, stay safe. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks very much, David. Fork was fun to see in the early morning light.
      Pre-pandemic, going to the movies was one of our favorite activities- greatly missed. We saw a few drive-ins going this past year and they just don’t have much appeal to me.
      Ah well…this too shall pass. Stay safe, friend. πŸ™‚

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  50. They are all excellent but I’m particularly attractive to Shadows on Windows and Zig Zag. Thanks for sharing! Jane!

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  51. Lovely minimalist works and collection Jane ~ sending you creative vibes πŸ’« have fun smiles hedy ☺️

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  52. These are all wonderful, with the first one timeless, but that fork – extraordinary!!

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  53. Every one is beautiful Jane, all we have to do is look around for something extraordinary (and carry a camera, and wait for good light, and process, and…)

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  54. Art and photography are beginning to merge in your latest post, Jane. I love these images of abstraction,

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  55. Really enjoyed this series, especially love β€œRemember the Movies”. Great eye and creativity.

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  56. Stunning shots of every day life – your images of the fork and the window washer will stay with me forever!

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  57. Wow – love the collection. The fork stopped me in my tracks. Jane, you are an artist – and thanks for sharing it with us.

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  58. Wave hello to the window washer! πŸ™‚

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  59. Jane, I love how you’re always looking, always seeing. So creative! And Pac Bell…Bill’s first job in SF.

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  60. your pictures fit very well with the statement of the text of brenda tharp, they each have something special for themselves, since i can not say which i would call my favorite i like all of them.
    many greetings robert

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  61. Okay, the window washer scared me. So do heights. The whole post is intriguing. What an observant eye you have. Loved the abstraction of Winter Wall.

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  62. Art comes from the heart. I am trying to recognise and learn my art.

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  63. Jane, I absolutely love these as they show the sort of thing I strive to convey in much of my photography–the beauty of ordinary yet largely unnoticed every day things. I did something similar today with an everyday plant. These photos are an inspiration to keep looking and experimenting. Thanks!

    janet

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    • Thank you, Janet. I’m happy you are inspired. One of my favorite quotes by Berenice Abbott is “Photography helps people to see.” I think you convey that in your response. I look forward to popping over later to see your post. πŸ™‚

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  64. The seemingly mundane turned into something beautiful. A stretch for the photographer which is much needed in these times.

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  65. Everyday all the things that work into play the simple….. things….. that we need to say Hey World!!!! we love you every single day stay happy and blessed

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  66. Love these, Jane. I love the way you notice the small things in life and their inherent beauty. Such a gift! Thanks for sharing. ❀

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  67. You turned the fork into a great minimalist abstraction. I wish I’d done it.

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