Dona Schwartz #41 Lori Furey, from the series “Ordinary People”
By Dona Schwartz
|Dimensions||26 × 36 in|
Archival inkjet photographic print
Initiated through a commission from Contemporary Calgary, "Ordinary People" proceeds from Yoko Ono's instruction to photograph "Ordinary people, people that you walk by every day without really noticing." This raised a host of questions. Rather than judge who is ordinary, I started with myself and then invited acquaintances I've met walking my dog to participate. Each person referred me to another 'ordinary' person to photograph. The series raises questions about self-concepts, identities, and labels, as well as social networks and boundaries of lived communities. It prompts reflection upon who and what we may take for granted every day.