Sometimes I get asked why I enjoy taking photographs of “ordinary’” sights. I always smile when that happens – because there is really no such thing as an ordinary sight. It’s all in the mind really.
Beauty does not only exist in mountains or lakes. It literally is everywhere – but it depends on what catches our fancy. There is the ability in all of us to see wonder in everyday objects, not just in dewdrop-bedecked cobwebs that look like jewelled tiaras.
Think of the photographer’s role as being akin to that of a translator. I would not be able to understand Swahili, for instance, unless I had someone translating for me. And, along the same line of thought, a photographer can sometimes show you a sight that you might not stop and admire on your own.
So can you guess what I’ve photographed here? It’s simply a staircase. Just a handrail supported by vertical bars. And just a wall. But when you put them together, the sum total of what you see can sometimes be out of the ordinary.
To me, the real key to getting this shot right was to get the last vertical metal bar to line up precisely between the orange and olive green segments of wall in the far background.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my work in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F 5.6, 1/15 sec, ISO 800, focal length 78mm.
Featured in JUST LINES, August 2009.