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I love the thought...

I picked up a new book called "extraordinary everyday photography" (you can find on amazon). What's wonderful about its title, however, is that there is extraordinary in our daily lives that because we are walking out to some degree or another predictable patterns that fuel our individual day-liness, philosophically, Thomas Leddy writes of something's being experienced as having the quality or character of "aura"; a heightened significance in which the item experienced seems to extend beyond itself, gesturing to another world. It is not just a photograph we are taking (and Leddy himself is a photographer) but "artists are especially practiced at the apprehension of 'aura', as, perhaps, are those aesthetes who seek to see the world with the eyes of the artist. In both the experience of the artist and of the artist-like perceiver, what is important, aesthetically, is this way in which the ordinary can be made extraordinary."

Thomas Leddy, The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: The Aesthetics of Everyday Life, Broadview Press, 2012, 288pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781551114781.

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