These Are Not Art…But…?

I was out in my garage a while back, taking photos of some paintings (with the door open the light is pretty good for a photo). For some reason the idea struck me to take some photos of various garage scenes using the little macro lens for my phone camera.

I went around snapping pictures. Hey, look some are kind of interesting, I thought. And then I realized I was speaking the words of a blog friend of mine, Dave Whatt, and specifically, a feature he does called This is not art.

OK, maybe these are not art, not even great photos, but I think they are interesting. There is a certain abstract quality to them, a design they didn’t know they had, a pattern or a plan? I’m not being facetious, because I tend to think everything has a voice or meaning, if you listen or look.

So here is a different perspective, at least – Especially since we’re not usually walking around viewing things with macro-lens eyes to see them like this.

What are these scenes? From top to bottom –

  • Coiled orange outdoor extension cord
  • Detail of the top of a metal sawhorse covered with the remnants of past jobs
  • Pencil and ruled edge of a tool my husband uses in making birdhouses
  • Looking down at a pile of shavings left on the table from the above birdhouse-making project.

Well, that’s it!

25 thoughts on “These Are Not Art…But…?

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I am so intrigued with the idea of the details of pretty much anything being beautiful or intriguing or thought provoking or all. Maybe my poor eyesight, which has forced me to focus on closer objects all my life, has pruned my mind in this direction.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I think you said it perfectly, how I feel about this kind of thing. If you think about it, it means that even ugly things, well, they may be made of beauty…and then…are they ugly? (oh no, I’m getting tangled now…)

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I’m laughing. Because I agree with you totally. Here is to looking in all the oddest places and finding art wherever we go, that is a nice existence to have.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      This is great. You know what, I have some photos of an ancient mailbox from around here (taken some time ago) along these same lines, except the color scheme is different. I have always thought they made a map, with oceans. I love the look and that the box could just be allowed to slowly morph into this work of art.

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