Beautiful Things

 “[Beautiful things] act like small tears in the surface of the world that pull us through to some vaster space … letting the ground rotate beneath us several inches, so that when we land, we find we are standing in a different relation to the world than we were a moment before.”

(Elaine Scarry, a professor of aesthetics at Harvard University, in On Beauty and Being Just)

Yellow Dahlia, July 2017.
Yellow Dahlia, July 2017. (focus stacked from 4 images, 105mm @ f/11)
Just as the yellow dahlias in a bouquet from a friend’s garden began to sag in their vase, the otherwise impenetrable looking amount of petals fell to the sides on one flower, at the top of the bouquet – revealing the inner part. I didn’t feel compelled to photograph them earlier, but this suddenly felt like a little secret had been revealed, somehow, and I liked the imperfection of the petals wrapping themselves around the anthers, too.

I have a knack for fading flowers, dry flowers, withering flowers, imperfections, anyway – well, who hasn’t? We all have our own definitions of beauty, and individual responses to it of course…

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