The Ordinary Instant

28 Mar

To me, photography is an art of observation. It is about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

~ Elliott Erwitt


I’m happy to be reminded that an ordinary day full of nothing but nothingness can make you feel like you’ve won the lottery. ~Susan Orlean

red bowls


The ordinariness of our good fortune can make it hard to catch. The key is to be here, fully connected with the moment, paying attention to the details of ordinary life. By taking care of ordinary things – our pots and pans, our clothing, our teeth – we rejoice in them. When we scrub a vegetable or brush our hair, we are expressing appreciation: friendships toward ourselves and toward the living quality that is found in everything. This combination of mindfulness and appreciation connects us fully with reality and brings us joy. ~Pema Chodran

fire escape black and white2

Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary. There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church. ~Robert Anton Wilson



Most of our lives aren’t that exciting, but the drama is still going on in the small details. ~David Byrne

fog and dock chairs

Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.
~Joan Didion

green chair



Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. ~Blaise Pascal



metal and sky

You hear the best stories from ordinary people. ~ Chuck Palahniuk



curve and sky

art deco moon

There are no ordinary moments. There is always something going on.   ~Dan Millman

street flowers BEST2

One Response to “The Ordinary Instant”

  1. Jeremy March 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Beautiful post!

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