This may only be a common supermarket cactus, but it’s a proxy for so much more. The benefits of a global supply chain have made exotic species — once located far away — within easy reach. It wasn’t too long ago when seeing something like this, outside its native desert, would have produced a sense of wonder. I could imagine people paying money to see specimens like this at World’s Fairs in Europe a century ago.
Now, the unusual becomes ubiquitous and blends into the background. However, photography is the act of seeing, often everyday items that are ignored by busy people. Yes, a picture of a cactus is now mundane. However, it’s a symbol of the quest to keep on searching, in boring suburbs filled with the unremarkable, some of which were once quite exotic.
I made this photograph with the Canon G1X Mark II, the camera that I hinted a couple of days ago. I like the character of the images it produces. There seems to be a glow that other cameras don’t always produce.
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