12 January 2012
These five photographs are my salute to the everyday, the ordinary objects nestling in my home. Each seems to suited to a black-and-white format.
Please let me know which one of my images is your favorite. Also, I’d like to know which is your favorite everyday object to photograph.
The birth of photography was a simultaneous event: in France by Louis Jaques Mandé Daguerre and in England by William Henry Fox Talbot. As the use of these outrageously fantastic innovations continued, artists captured their surroundings or invented them. Events such as World War I and II reshaped the way photographer documented human history.
The ordinary has been a photographic subject throughout the history of this art. Think what: William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) did for the door, Edward Weston (1886-1958) did for the egg slicer and pepper, André Kertész (1894-1985) did for the fork, Tina Modotti (1896-1942) did for telephone wires, Thomas Demand (1964- ) is doing as he creates and reconstructs 3-D models of the ordinary. Lastly, ponder the iPhone users who routinely are shooting everyday objects. That idea floats through the neurons and just cannot let go.
In a mere twenty-seven years (2039) the bicentennial of photography’s emergence will be broadly feted. In that quarter of a century much will change technologically, and its hard to forecast the medium’s possibilities. But certainly the ordinary, the everyday, the ubiquitous still will be seen as a visual curiosity for interpretation and reinterpretation.