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.