To me, “newsworthy” means, simply, “worthy of news”. A picture of sidewalk and a couple of leaves certainly isn’t newsworthy. It’s a very commonplace, everyday occurrence. There is nothing out of the ordinary, nothing interesting, emotional, or even informative about this image. However, I personally find it interesting.
I have always had a fascination with floors and the ground — I know that sounds really strange, but bear with me. To me, floors and the items found on floors represent the things that we overlook. We don’t notice the little things below our feet because our eyes are so focused ahead and up and around. It’s the equivalent of stopping to smell the roses. This theme of floors has risen in a lot of my creative work: a short story I wrote about a bellboy studying the floors of a Stanley Hotel-esque lodge won a small school creative writing award at my high school, and my high school AP Studio Art concentration was a series of paintings depicting different holidays, seasons, and life events through floors — a wedding, autumn, the beach, a break-up, and more.
I look at this image, and I notice the textures and colors that make it actually quite intriguing to me. The leaves add even more interest, but I would be satisfied with just examining the cracks in the concrete. To me, it’s the little details in life that are the most beautiful, and I found that message through… well, floors.
Society’s ideologies claim that “newsworthy” images need to tell a story. Most people would look at this image and not find a story. But different floors and ground views and other things beneath our feet can tell as much of a story as any “newsworthy” image.
Some images from my floor concentration: