"like a deer staring at the first winter snow"

Rebecca Tun

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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© Rebecca Tun
Model: Deborah
October 2010
Canon 5D Mk II, 24-70mm
Taken at Maxoperandi’s excellent studio in Rushden (thanks Ian!), UK

The First Winter Snow is a poem by Richard Brautigan

featured in – The Silky TouchBritish Portrait ArtistsAbsolute Clarity

Sometimes I see something so beautiful and with such a fragile, delicate transience, poignantly precarious, that I just don’t know what to do about it…

This is a glimpse into an ongoing project of mine that exists alongside my mainstream fashion portraiture and art nude. A large subset of this work is unpublishable due to child and pubescent nudity; interestingly, this situation itself is an echo (a ‘leaden echo’, if you like) of the transience of this kind of beauty. You can’t keep it from vanishing away, and neither can you show it off while it happens. It’s not for anyone. Wild flowers grow and bloom and die, and have been doing so for billions of years before us, all without witness. Because of the technology we have it’s easy to think that the only way to affirm the beauty we notice is to record it and circulate it widely. But it can be liberating to realize that just noticing the beauty in the first place is an end in itself, and something which I reckon Nietzsche would call life-affirming and in keeping with his claim that ‘art is the proper task of life’.

Top 10 in the Horizontal Headshots challenge in Boredom….. Challenges for all!

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