Capturing Beauty in the Mundane: The Art of Noticing

Capturing the essence of everyday moments has become a transformative trend, particularly resonating with photographers who seek to find and showcase beauty in the mundane. This trend, which emphasizes the art of noticing the subtle yet profound beauty in our surroundings, offers a fresh perspective.

Coming to you from Teo Crawford, this insightful video explores the burgeoning trend of aesthetic appreciation in ordinary life scenes, as popularized on Instagram and TikTok. Crawford shares his personal journey and reflections on how this trend has not only influenced his photographic style but also enhanced his awareness and presence in the moment. He discusses the montage of aesthetically pleasing yet unextraordinary scenes—like sunlight filtering through a morning commute or a gentle breeze rustling through leaves—that have garnered widespread attention for their simple beauty. Crawford’s narrative underscores the power of photography to capture fleeting moments, reminding viewers to slow down and appreciate the world around them.

Moreover, Crawford delves into the bittersweet nature of this trend, highlighting how it serves as a poignant reminder of our often overlooked ability to be present in our daily lives. He articulates how the constant quest for stimulation has dulled our senses to the beauty that surrounds us, suggesting that photography can be a medium to rediscover and cherish these moments. By sharing his experiences and showcasing his photography, Crawford illustrates how embracing this trend has not only improved his art but also brought a renewed sense of purpose and joy in documenting the seemingly ordinary yet truly extraordinary aspects of life. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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