Sophisticated, Subtle, Substantial

“The presence of beauty is one of the most neglected presences in our contemporary world. Beauty was the word without which the ancient world refused to know itself; beauty was at the heart of everything they considered. In our times, beauty is reduced to glamour. It caters to the surface and the external image. Once you’ve got the up-front hit from it, there’s nothing behind it. Whereas beauty is a far more sophisticated, subtle and really substantial kind of presence (Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue, Greenbelt).”

A photograph during a break in a photography workshop – an older homestead outside Vulcan, Alberta (11 November 2011).

Homestead - Vulcan, Alberta

The Beholding Eye

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder has another meaning. If the beholding eye is gracious and has beautified itself then it will pick up the beautiful. When we can’t notice the beautiful, it is not that it is absent. It is just that our vision and gaze has become coarsened (Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue, Greenbelt).”

A White Ford half-ton awaits restoration and transformation – Vavenby, British Columbia (Summer 2011).

White Ford - Ready for a Rebuild & Owner

Meticulous, Careful & Slow

“Rodin did not concern himself with the beautiful. His art was meticulous, careful and slow. The beautiful comes only in its own terms. ‘Like in the forest when the forest is free of strangers in the evening the shy animals turn up at the river to drink.’  And, that’s the way the beautiful actually comes (Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, John O’Donohue, Greenbelt).”

At Vavenby, British Columbia – the older Chevrolet, Cab & Chassis look on as vehicles pass by (Summer 2011).

A Miniscule Moment in a Dark Landscape

“Without beauty life would be unbearable. We need the beautiful as much as we need love. Beauty and the beautiful are not the preserve of luxus or the elite privileged; everyone needs it. There are people in the world now who are holding out on the rawest edges of what’s humane – in refugee camps, in prisons, in hospitals, in places of starvation – who are only able to hold out because they’ve got some glimpse of the beautiful. Sometimes beauty is like that; it turns up as a miniscule moment in a dark landscape and recalls us to possibility and inspiration and encouragement. We can hold out in very bleak places if we are in touch with the presence of beauty. “(John O’Donohue – Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, Greenbelt)

On the way out to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia with the burden of bringing Dad home, this vehicle was encountered in Vavenby, British Columbia – its owner rich with intention and skill, able to restore and beautify it in the near future (Summer 2011)

Early 50s Chevrolet Cab and Chassis