If we really look at ourselves and our day-to-day existence most of us – myself included – would probably have to admit that, in the main, we are more or less “ordinary”.
We live in an ordinary house (though it may be very nice), put on ordinary clothes, drive an ordinary car to an ordinary job where work an ordinary amount of hours, come home and eat an ordinary dinner and then watch our ordinary tv shows until we fall asleep at an ordinary hour.
Yet, the entire time we feel that there are things about us that are unique, either about our personalities, our beliefs, our feelings or our ideas and desires. It’s just that, when we look around at our own day to day surroundings, we don’t often happen to see things that remind us of our individuality.
So, just maybe, we owe it to ourselves to pick out something unique to focus on from time to time, and for our guests or visitors to focus on, to remind us of the unique qualities we possess in our sea of ordinariness. Something that represents, in some way, the individuality that we feel inside. And here’s where the part about art comes in.
We’re all familiar with the “typical” paintings and photographs that adorn countless walls in countless places. There’s the typical farmland scene, the typical mountain scene, the typical ocean scene and, oh, yea, don’t forget the countless typical lighthouses, pastures, lakes, sunrises, sunsets…
Not that there’s anything wrong with them. Some of them are, frankly, “drop dead gorgeous” and could well be as good or better than any photograph I’ll ever take. But, if you get where I’m going, they’re “ordinary”.
Not that there’s anything wrong with “ordinary”. In fact, most of us are probably fairly ordinary, ordinarily. But maybe it’s time to break out a bit, at least in one small way.
So maybe its time to honor our own individuality, to find a piece of art – whether it comes from a paintbrush, a camera, wood, stone or clay – that is as unique to you as the uniqueness that lives within each of us, or that evokes a special feeling in you when you spend time with it, and put it up on a wall or a shelf, or place it in a corner, of our home or office (or, go nuts, both) to remind us and those who come to see us, in some small way, each time it is viewed, of our unique qualities as well.
And, as a possible bonus, consider this. In some small way, when someone appreciates a unique piece of art they form a relational, artistic bond with the artist who created it from his or her own unique interpretation of the subject, or with the art itself and the interpretation they make of it or the feeling it brings to them. It is, indeed, a two way relationship. And, in this way, the circle becomes complete
Enjoy the path to rediscovering the uniqueness in you. The journey is as valid as what you find at the end of the road.
As a start, feel free to explore some of my photographic art from the abstract to the contemplative to unique interpretations of landscape work at www.carlrubinophotography.com And feel free to follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/carlrubinphotography.com to see what I post from time to time that often is not included on the website and Like my Photography only FB Page at http://www.facebook.com/carlrubinophotography