Art is all around us

Remember that scene in the film American Beauty, where Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley) shows Jane Burnham (Thora Birch) the video of a plastic bag blowing in the wind? 

It was mesmerizing. Here’s my version, captured one evening when I was doing the dishes after a delicious stir-fry. 

A random tar stain on the ground, which I thought resembled a Tyrannosaurus
A discarded teddy bear on a dumpster in an alley behind my place
I dropped a latte off for my daughter at work one day. She took this as cosmic proof I love her.
Of course, not all art is incidental. I think this barista might’ve had an ulterior motive when he gave my daughter her latte. Especially since mine was just plain foam.

It’s good that we’re all carrying cameras around in our phones. But sometimes I think we miss a lot when we walk around staring into them instead of paying attention to what’s around us.

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