Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)Ordinary

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Most of us have waited for the train to arrive standing on the platform. An ordinary, daily event form millions of commuters over the world. What makes this extra ordinary I don’t think I need to say.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Plastic shopping bags are an ordinary item that we are given at supermarkets and other shops to hold our goods. This is an extra ordinary use of them and quite beautiful as well. I’d be happy as Cinders going to the ball dressed in this dress.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Sand castles may not be an ordinary thing we make in our daily lives but most of us would have had a holiday by the beach and built a sand castle. It is the detail of this castle which makes it extra ordinary.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Fencing wire used to be part of my life when we had the farm. Quite an ordinary, essential item. This is extra ordinary in its use, not for containing beasties but as a light shade.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Every day we probably use countless numbers of switches. Computers, coffee machines, irons, washing machines. All need turning on and off. This is extra ordinary in its gold plating  – this isn’t any ordinary white plastic number.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Stairs are so ordinary I don’t give them a thought. Not until I saw these extra ordinary glass treads.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Bird cages are something I have seen throughout my life. Not often but I know what they are. They don’t seem extra ordinary to me until I see them hanging en masse in an alley way above my head with nary a bird to be seen.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

A morning coffee is very ordinary. I have one every day at the end of my dog walk. What is extra ordinary is the snorkelling gear on one of the patrons. Now that was not ordinary at all just a trifle weird.

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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21 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)Ordinary

  1. andy1076 says:

    The stairs is definitely eye catching, It gives a certain atmosphere 🙂

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Beautiful ways to create everyday items. Loved that dress!

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Oh, how I’d not like to clean those stairs! The dress is spectacular and the photos and essay entertaining as usual. 🙂

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  4. That dress and that sandcastle are incredible. Love the bird cages, too. Though I’m not sure why… Just really cool. 🙂

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  5. That dress makes me sweat just looking at it, but I do admire the creativity. Some great examples for the challenge here, Irene.

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  6. These are all great, Irene, but that snorkel is something else!

    janet

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  7. I used to teach a lesson to my students: Draw a box. Write a word. No other instructions. Then we shared. What they came up with astounded them and delighted me – year after year.
    My personal favorite: the bird cages. I have about 12 empty birdcages in my own home, most perched on tall cabinets. Love the architecture of them, how they define space without enclosing it. I also love clusters of objects hung so that you have to look up to see them: globes, glass spheres, copper pots, bells, masses of dried weeds and flowers, chimes, photos pasted on cardboard and suspended from thin wire so they turn in the breeze, origami cranes, teapots, hubcaps, candles, enamel mugs. I’ve seen all these things hung in homes, businesses, airports, galleries, temples, conference rooms, hotels, gardens. Most are ordinary objects presented in extraordinary ways – gives one pause to think of the world in new ways.
    Love your post – original and wonderful.

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    • I can imagine the responses – what you might say is literally thinking outside the square.
      I have a beautiful vision now Sharon of your home of bird cages and hanging bits and pieces. I know its not true but I love the vision you have created for. I agree, the ordinary used in extraordinary ways can make for something quite beautiful – and sometimes the ordinary just as it is can be beautiful too – the problem is we have stopped looking.
      Glad you liked the post.

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  8. Sherri says:

    I do love the way you capture the ‘extra’ out of the every day ordinary Irene. That dress is incredible, and the train station gave me a smile 🙂 As for the bloke drinking coffee wearing a snorkel, all I can say is you have some wonderfully entertaining photos to share with us …love it!

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