Wednesday, February 23, 2011

out of place

I've always been fascinated by things that seem totally out of place. Aside from the inevitable giggle it provides me, I am intrigued by the story behind......a neon fuchsia couch nestled amongst fallen leaves and pine needles in the middle of a forest, a pile of books stacked up on a city sidewalk, a tiny plastic Jesus doll and puppy found in the middle of a grassy field, a mannequin painted with flowers and placed in someone's front yard......or perhaps an ancient organ hanging out in your sister-in-law's driveway. [And yes, these are all things I've encountered]

Our brains have organized and categorized billions of items and circumstances throughout our lifetime so that casual scans of our environment make sense or appear normal most of the time. I seem to have an incredible radar for the things that do not belong. I appreciate the confusion my brain feels when it's attempting to make sense of something bizarre.....this must be why I'm constantly photographing these oddities. It's a shock of color in an otherwise neutral palette. It's a pause in your automatic observation of the rational world. It gets you thinking in a new way, which for me, brings on a flood of inspiration.

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