Mundane Experimental: From boring to interesting?

A fellow photographer told me a few months ago that "photography was taking a picture of something boring and making it interesting".  He definitely had a point.  He learned his craft as a combat photographer while serving in the United States military.  He told me that during his photography training, one of his assignments was to take photos of a garbage can and make it interesting.  And they were only allowed a certain number of shots.

For the "Mundane Experimental" portion of this blog, I'd like to do the same: take something mundane and ordinary and possibly even boring, and make it interesting.  To make it even more challenging, I'm hoping to tell a story in five shots or less.  Could it involve the use of a macro lens?  Maybe.  Or perhaps even the kit lens that came with my Fuji X-T1 or Canon 70D?  Maybe.  I'm not sure where this will take me, but it will definitely be fun!

ISO 400   18-135mm lens @ 122.6mm   f/5.6   1/90 sec

This is a simple wooden pole.  I wanted to capture the texture of it, but also felt that there needed to be some background interest as well.  I don't recall exactly what the woman in the background was doing, but this was taking outside a produce market and she had bags with her that she was sorting through.

When I took the photo, it just spoke "black & white", so I converted it that way in Lightroom.  Had I left the colors in, it would have been more of a distraction.  So instead of color, there's texture.

Here's another angle of the pole.

ISO 200   23mm lens   f/1.8   1/1100 sec

And finally, pulling back, this is what the actual scene looks like.

ISO 400   23mm lens   f/1.8   1/2400 sec

It doesn't really look like it has life to it, per se.  There's really nothing that interesting in the photo.  I suppose there's a small story to be told as far a everyday folks shopping at one of the various produce markets on this street.  And the most interesting subject in the above photo is now blurred out.

So it seems that taking the mundane and making it interesting will require very very shallow depth of field, something that I will experiment with more in the future.

Gear used:  Fuji X-T1, 18-135mm kit lens, 23mm (35mm equivalent FOV on full frame) lens.