2Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

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Ordinary Scene, Extraordinary Photograph

The question of what is ordinary is a complex one, not least because the answer is a double-edged sword—the word “ordinary” can simply be a polite way of saying “boring.” however, when I think of things that are ordinary, I think of the simple things in life that I do every day. If you met someone who told you they had a 9–5 job and went to work five days a week, for example, you would probably think they had a pretty ordinary life. But if that person worked as a stunt man, you would probably think their life was exciting, or extraordinary: a slight change can make ...

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