Photos of Everyday Life

How’s it going?

I want to talk about why I shoot the most boring subjects. I’m talking about the mundane, the “every day” and “what’s so special about that” kind of things. I really do shoot the most trivial of trivial subjects, but I think there’s beauty in the most passive parts of life.

We’re so used to the hustle and bustle of our own lives. But the parts of life that stand still when we rush through it are often times the first to change, to shift, to leave and be lost in time.

mundane

/ˌmənˈdān/
lacking interest or excitement; dull.

Time is fleeting. It doesn’t come back and, obviously, you don’t get out of this life with more time than you were given. That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.

You can, however, stop time. Every time you make a photograph, you have a freeze frame of a part of your life at a single, minuscule moment. None of us can live forever, but bits and pieces of our lives can. Every passive moment you can think of is worth capturing. 

Here’s a list to get you started. 

Take a photo of:

1. The first thing you see every morning
2. Your vanity, bathroom mirror, whatever you use to get ready for the day
3. Your living room as it is, untouched
4. Where you keep your shoes
5. The first thing you see outside of your front door every day
6. The front of your house
7. A path or street you take every day
8. A cafe, restaurant, or any place you frequent
9. A stranger you might see often (i.e. the barista at your favorite cafe)
10. Trees or a side street with buildings you see every day
11. The ground you spend most time walking on
12. Your path to get to your car, bus stop, or wherever you need to go before you go home for the day
13. The first thing you see when you get out of your car, off the bus, etc.
14. The first thing you see when you open your front door
15. The hallway towards your bedroom
16. Your bedroom as it is, untouched

I hope you have a good time with this. You don't need a fancy camera. I shoot most of these kinds of photos on an iPhone.

Shoot as much as you can. One day, you just might want to see how it all used to be.

Have fun,
Shayne