A new word, an old friend

My photographer colleague John Nordell recently left the Monitor for the greener pastures of western Massachusetts. Besides admiring his excellent work on daily assignments, I was always inspired by his unique way of seeing art in the everyday scenes of the world – a wisp of grass tilted just so or a rusty thingamajig resting against a rough wall.

I have spent a fair amount of time reflecting on John's photographic explorations. And I am trying to commit myself to slowing down and seeing those fragments of life that make up the beauty around us – to make art from the unexpected.

I have decided on those occasions when I have a worthy submission, to use a new adjective to describe the photograph – Nordellian. I am hopeful my creations will clear the high bar John has set.

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