Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
I may get some flack for combining the images below along with the quote by John and Stasi Eldridge from their book Captivating, but as an image maker, recording beauty is generally my goal. Obviously humanity is intrinsically attracted to beauty, be it a landscape, art or within another person and the study of this phenomena I believe, reveals much about who we are and how we were created.
I place this post in-between the beauty of sprawling landscapes on purpose as the pursuit of capturing beauty in still imagery permeates across genres for me as an artist. Beauty is beauty and for me as a very visual person, it’s undeniable in its many forms. That being said and to clarify, I’m merely speaking of physical beauty here and as we all (should) know, there are many more layers of it than simply what we see. The quote below delves a bit deeper into that, but includes the two dimensional kind as well. I've had the blessing of learning this difference first, from a Mother who helped define multi-layered beauty so well that I managed to find the ultimate source of this blessing in my life, my wife. Who also happens to be physically beautiful, but truly does fulfill the heart, spirit and life portion of the quote below as well.To be sure, ‘beauty is, without question, the most essential and the most misunderstood of all God’s qualities-of all feminine qualities, too.’ Just as the words we speak, food, alcohol or anything else God created, beauty can be used inappropriately and therein lies a great confusion over what to do with it. Personally, guidelines and limitations ensure my work, hopefully and if done successfully, is defined by a tasteful elegance, timelessness and....classic beauty : )
All these things are true for any experience of beauty. But they are especially true when we experience the beauty of a woman- her eyes, her form, her voice, her heart, her spirit, her life. She speaks all of this far more profoundly than anything else in all creation, because she is incarnate; she is personal. It flows to us from an immortal being. She is beauty through and through.
A woman knows, down in her soul, that she longs to bring beauty to the world. She might be mistaken on how (something every woman struggles with), but she longs for a beauty to unveil. This is not just culture, or the need to 'get a man.' This is in her heart, part of her design."