"and with sighs soaring, soaring sighs deliver them" by Rebecca Tun

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© Rebecca Tun
Model: Deborah
October 2010
Taken at Maxoperandi’s excellent studio in Rushden (thanks Ian!)
Canon 350D

Including a layer using a stock photo of clouds.

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“…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’.

Come then, your ways and airs and looks, locks, maiden gear, gallantry and gaiety and grace,
Winning ways, airs innocent, maiden manners, sweet looks, loose locks, long locks, lovelocks, gaygear, going gallant, girlgrace—
Resign them, sign them, seal them, send them, motion them with breath,
And with sighs soaring, soaring síghs deliver
Them; beauty-in-the-ghost, deliver it, early now, long before death
Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty’s self and beauty’s giver…”
Gerard Manley Hopkins

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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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  • Komang
    Komangover 3 years ago

    great expression, love tone colours

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 3 years ago

    I just love your work Rebecca, this is so beautiful :)

  • thank you trish!

    – Rebecca Tun

  • Farfarm
    Farfarmover 3 years ago

    Well….you knew what to do with it…didn’t you ? Yes, you did ! Superbe !

  • hehe, thanks, i’m glad you think so

    – Rebecca Tun

  • Monjii
    Monjiiover 3 years ago

    Simple.elegant and beautful

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 3 years ago

    Excellent work Rebecca.

    David xx

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 3 years ago


  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 3 years ago

    Great Work ..!!!

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 3 years ago

    stunningly beautiful

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleover 3 years ago


  • Victor Bezrukov
    Victor Bezrukovover 3 years ago

    beautiful portrait and post processing !
    love the silent emotions here – good found moment !

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