Every year I try to visit the World Press Photo exhibit when it comes to town. After each show I inevitably feel that my own photography is pretty much crap (and maybe it is!) by comparison to the magnificent work on display at the WPP. This year though it struck me that there is a unique challenge in finding the “extraordinary in the ordinary” that most of us live and photograph in every day. Let’s face it, few of us will ever be paid to venture into war zones, volcanic eruptions, or ebola outbreaks in order to record the depth and intensity of human experience. On the other hand, the eye becomes so accustomed to things in its everyday vision that we usually overlook the amazing stuff that is always around us.

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Garlic wreaths

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Shadow spider

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Boat basin after Fall haul-out

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