It’s a curious thing about Tokyo, that alongside all the mod-cons imaginable, and then some, are traditional everyday goods that are quite often handmade and at first glance, appear to be humble and perhaps even primitive. Brooms are a clear example of this.Read More
My fascination with scenes of a single colour begun when I came across Ben Nicholson’s various Reliefs. Seemingly subdued at first instance, they emphasise and play with much that we overlook. Elements such as shape, shade, hues, perspective and even depth.Read More
A large part of Super Ordinary Life involves exploring and collecting examples of regionally and culturally specific ordinary sights. Probably not the sort of sights that a tourist guide book might pick up on but, more of the type that hint at the how people in the locality live and think.Read More
Our cities are brimming with such an extreme abundance of billboards and other signage that they begin to cancel each other out.
On some level, the blank/empty signs are rebelling against the noisy machine of consumerism.Read More
“Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer”
― Walter De Mulder
I noticed this lonely sneaker hanging around since the end of summer. Suspended by its lace from barbed wire on a pedestrian bridge over a busy A road, it’s precariously close to plummeting onto the passing traffic below.Read More
Instead of cleaning up the emulsion paint that my 3yr old boy squeezed onto some card that I’d been using as a background for photos, I just stared at it through my camera.Read More
Is there a country in the world where you cannot buy or get hold of a hosepipe? They seem, at least to our mind and from our experience, really internationally Super Ordinary. Yet regardless of their mundanity, they just keep catching our eye!
Just what is their appeal?Read More
I know it’s just a pomegranate that I cut up. It’s nothing special. It’s a very ordinary thing to do.
But that particular afternoon, the midday sun was particularly bright and that seems to make the colours of the pomegranate on my tray pop! Visually, it was as delicious as the fruit itself.Read More
It wasn’t until the empty plot next-door to us turned into a large construction site that we really realised not only how much we value relative peace and quiet but, also how much we take sound for granted as an aspect of Super Ordinary Life.Read More
There is something about a lifeless court. A place designed and created for activity momentarily still and dormant is somehow, moving to me.Read More
Playgrounds are a kind of treasure trove for any one mad about colour, texture, shadow and shape abstractions. They nudge us to reconnect with the kid within us and go "play" with the sights and angles with all the enthusiasm as the actual kids do on the swings and slides. We learn through play, and age shouldn't take this away from us.Read More
It's curious how the mind can take something and run with it isn't it? There I was - gazing at the beautiful imperfections and tactile textures on our last post whilst my mind was busy deciding for me that creases are in fact - oh-so-beautiful-and-fascinating.Read More
Tucked down a side street in busy Covent Garden, we walked into this sight.
Prior to seeing this. I would never have guessed at how pleased the sight of peachy pink vinyl covered shop windows would make me. I would also not have guessed that I would shamelessly stand there staring before approaching to touch the air bubbles and creases that were so alluringly tactile in that moment.Read More
We genuinely believe that inspiration can be found everywhere and if you are of the mindset to tap into it, your life probably feels really fulfilling.Read More
What looks like a sudden and violent end to this panel of reinforced glass, looks like art to others, like us. Can anything be more subjective than art? Even the perception of what falls within its boundaries, is subjective.Read More