"keep it, beauty, beauty … from vanishing away"


Rebecca Tun

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Sizing Information

Small 15.5" x 23.2"
Medium 22.0" x 33.1"
Large 31.2" x 46.9"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame


Artist's Description

© 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’.

Featured in – The Silky TouchStudio Lighting♦♦ Superbly Visual ♦♦The Top Favorite Group – 30 or moreAvant-Garde Artall around darknessThe GroupPhoto-Manipulated Artistic Nudes and Erotica – and on the RedBubble homepageThe Secret SocietyTone Me Down – Portraits

Top 10 in the December Avatar challenge in Photo Manipulators

Top 10 in AVATAR CHALLENGE #5 in"Dark artists, dark art":http://www.redbubble.com/groups/dark-artists-da...

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

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