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"keep it, beauty, beauty … from vanishing away" by Rebecca Tun

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

Stock texture by ~gothic-mischief

“…is there any any, is there none such, nowhere known some, bow or brooch or braid or brace, lace, latch or catch or key to keep
Back beauty, keep it, beauty, beauty, . . . from vanishing away?”

Gerard Manley Hopkins

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’.

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Top 10 in AVATAR CHALLENGE #5 in"Dark artists, dark art":

Top 10 in Moody & Dark ChallengeAll In, ‘Editing’

4th place in Dark AngelDark Cabaret

2nd place in this Avatar challenge in Sold! group

Sold: 1x mounted print

A curious London-born girl trained in the Cambridge analytic tradition of philosophy and generative linguistics, but occasionally arty and/or artsy. Usually eminently logical.

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  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Rebecca!! :)))

  • juliemoult
    juliemoultabout 4 years ago

    Very Beautiful :)

  • Farfarm
    Farfarmabout 4 years ago

    WOW…love your words !! and this portrait !!! outstanding vision…. x

  • thanks for taking the time to read as well as look! :)

    – Rebecca Tun

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 4 years ago

    ww0w! brilliant work sweetheART a fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordabout 4 years ago

    Oh this is simply beautiful Rebecca – her expression, the sheer material and light – stunning :)

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 4 years ago


  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 4 years ago


  • Maxoperandi
    Maxoperandiabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work…perfect light and pose…the Tun Family are so beautiful!

  • yes :)

    – Rebecca Tun

  • robarmstrong
    robarmstrongabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Wonderful treatment :-)

  • xzendor7
    xzendor7about 4 years ago

    Love The Way Everything Seems To Meld As One

  • thanks, i’m glad you think it blends

    – Rebecca Tun

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