Category: Photography & Conceptualizing Beauty

What beauty is and why we’re drawn to it.

Against a Reflective Surface – Christmas Lights

Leaving school, against the blackness of night, I encountered beautiful hoarfrost on an Aspen Willow tree – a reverse silhouette (white against black). I started my pickup truck and used the engine’s warm-up time to explore the silhouetted Willow. Again, the camera is atop… Continue Reading “Against a Reflective Surface – Christmas Lights”

Christmas Lights – Balancing Ambient Light

From school I drove home on streets that are slick, polished ice. They are not quite treacherous, only difficult to begin moving on in a half-ton truck without weight in the box. So … Christmas lights – I arrived early and had good post-dusk… Continue Reading “Christmas Lights – Balancing Ambient Light”

Christmas Lights – Around Town (attempt #1)

Christmas lights were the subject of last night’s foray into picture taking around town. A friend’s home had good oblique angles and provided dark architectural landscape that her Christmas lights outlined and accentuated.  And, in most instances Christmas lights highlighted architectural shape against night’s… Continue Reading “Christmas Lights – Around Town (attempt #1)”

Winter Sunset

In my first steps exiting school the following sunset confronted me. Using my camera free-hand and with tripod I captured thirty-three images, one of which I present here. For most images a wide aperture of f-4.5 allowed for freezing of the image. A smaller aperture… Continue Reading “Winter Sunset”

The Art of Bringing Your Mind Home

In his Greenbelt lecture – Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace – John O’Donohue hinted at the fragmentation of Life and Lives and that work is involved in making sense of one’s Life; he also hinted at the incredible beauty to be found in those who engage… Continue Reading “The Art of Bringing Your Mind Home”

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… Continue Reading “Sophisticated, Subtle, Substantial”

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… Continue Reading “The Beholding Eye”

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… Continue Reading “Meticulous, Careful & Slow”

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… Continue Reading “A Miniscule Moment in a Dark Landscape”

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