Posted: February 23, 2012 in Observations and Commentary, Photography
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Some things aren’t appreciated until seen in a photograph. Like a lot of life they are part of the scenery, on the periphery as we focus on whatever happens to be dominating our thoughts. I’m sure we’d notice a double rainbow or a three-legged cow, even as we concentrated on other matters. But the simple things often slip by. Then they are photographed and suddenly become extraordinary. Like my supermarket’s egg section.

I pass the eggs all the time while whisking about grabbing this and that off the shelves, in a race to get what I came for, to get home, to finish the chore. Even when I buy eggs, by force of habit I go right to the corner of the section where they sell the cartons of eight, not taking the time to note anything else. I make my selection, place it in the basket, and zip off to the next aisle, to the next item on the list. Such concentration results in missed opportunities.

It’s not like I’m oblivious to everything. I notice what seems important at the time. Prices, sales, new flavors of ice cream. But what I never noticed, not once, was the sheer volume of food which is packed everywhere. Now I’m certain there are plenty of folks around the world who would notice this immediately. But as conditioned as I am, fortunate to always have food available at my fingertips, this unassailable fact never registered. Until tonight. Until the magic of photography slapped me in the face.

Details like this escape us every day. We rush about getting on with things and don’t always take a moment just to observe. Stop for a beat, take a breath and simply look. You may be surprised what you find.

(July 2009)

  1. Another great photo!


  2. whiteladyinthehood says:

    Egg’s in carton’s of eight…never heard of that. lol. (that’s like the supermarket selling a case of cokes but you only get 20…I’m thinking – where the hell is my other 4?) just scrambles the brain….


  3. What always occurs to me during trips to the market is wondering how much of the food I see is destined for the trash heap rather than being donated where it might do some good.


    • John says:

      Many, many people are not as fortunate as we are to have such a bounty. I don’t know the donation policy of my local market, but now I want to find out.


  4. I didn’t know they sold eggs in cartons of eight. In my market, they only come in three sizes, plus there are three sizes of eggs. But I can see the eight egg cartons in your picture. Cool.


    • John says:

      The permutations are endless! Okay, maybe not endless. There’s a dozen, what with four quantity sizes and three egg sizes. That somehow seems appropriate.


  5. mysterycoach says:

    That’s cool (the post too) S’cuse me! have to go write this on my list LOL 🙂


  6. I won’t make a yolk this time. But I will be writing about this in my dairy.


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