Quotidian October

"Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine." - Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

For years now, October has prompted me to get out my camera and go hunting for the glamorous color of dying leaves and changing nature.  But in the fall of 2010, I decided instead to take portraits of the ordinary, things that I lived with every day. This attempt to find the beautiful in the commonplace struck me as more challenging, and in the end, more satisfying than the easy beauty of Nature.

door

stuff

shelves

magazine with cat toy

reflection

desk