Image lovingly taken with a Canon 40D 24-70 mm f2.8 L lens
A Feminist view of ‘beauty’:
I met this lovely man whilst I was covering a fashion launch to raise money for MS (multiplesclerosis).
He was the epitome of what ‘gentleman’ is. So nice to speak to, so polite and kind in his ways.
I took hundreds of photographs of beautiful young men and women that night. For whatever reason, this was what I chose to load here.
Of all the shots I took that night, I somehow found this the most ‘beautiful’ ….
I respect the definition of beauty in all its expression. And we say that ‘Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.’
As a woman though, I realised:
We sometimes get so caught up with ‘beauty’ in a very physical sense. It becomes so predictable after a while- pretty faces, shapely bodies, contrived poses, amazing fashion clothes; I want to go sometimes against the current, not for the sake of challenging it, but because I really do find these real subjects sincere, natural and beautiful – a most refreshing alternative! ‘Models’ and subjects of art can be about seeing an older man’s kind heart, a grandma’s rugged hands and wrinkles earned from years of caring for the young, a beautiful leaf about to come out from the tree branch, little kids with eyes of innocence, even an older ballerina whose lovely limbs have been ravaged by years of pirouettes and graceful twists. My ‘Muse’ expresses that inner beauty, a quiet calm within, something that gives solace to the beholder, something that challenges the commercial and materialistic world’s perception of ‘allure’ and its derivatives.
And so I say,
This fine gentleman is my lovely muse.
--Moonlover, in Sydney’s Autumn, March 2011