Taken at Maxoperandi’s excellent studio in Rushden (thanks Ian!)
Canon 5D Mk II
Somtimes 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…
“…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
This is a glimpse into an ongoing project of mine that exists alongside my mainstream fashion portraiture and art nude. With (coincidental) similarities to the works and ethos of Sally Mann and Jock Sturges, 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 millions 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 realise 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’.
Featured in – The Silky Touch – Studio Lighting – ♦♦ Superbly Visual ♦♦ – The Top Favorite Group – 30 or more – Avant-Garde Art – all around darkness – The Group – Photo-Manipulated Artistic Nudes and Erotica – and on the RedBubble homepage – The Secret Society