The Eye Of The Beholder

PhoenixArt

Joined January 2010

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Beauty is subjective…

I found this old romanesque garden statuette amongst some rubbish waiting to go to the dump. I felt moved that this lovely old lady, once the perfect example of classical beauty had been left amongst the trash because of a perception of aesthetic value. I noticed the age… I saw the cracked and crumbling cement… the exposed and rusted re-inforcing rod… the broken statue of a dog sitting by her feet…

… and I noticed the gentle curve of her face… the curl of her hair… her coy expression. Suddenly the dog was her loyal companion, sitting patiently by her shapely feet…

As I took (a bunch) of photos of this graceful old lady I wondered at our search for beauty. She almost seemed to me to be a solid representation of our quest for perfect beauty… and our contempt for that which no longer fits the mold. I could see in my mind what used to be… I could see the perfection that she and her guardian used to represent in a long-ago time of affluence and class.

…and I knew I couldn’t just let her go without leaving some reminder of the lesson she taught me…

Respect comes in many forms… and once we all learn to see the little things like this, the big things come easily. If we really want to make a difference to our world, something as simple as respecting what is still there is a good start.

In reality I realised, beauty can be found in the most unexpected of places. It’s defined by many factors… time, conditions, and simple desire… even interest, or the lack of it. But mostly, just like in this case… beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.

Photo-manipulation. Created by combining several layers of my own images, including one photo containing my own and my dog’s shadows.

Published in
Pink Panther Magazine – 7 Jul 2010

Top Ten in
Pink Panther Magazine’s ‘The Portrayal of Women in Art 2010 (Writing Challenge)’ – 19 Jun 2010

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