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Manifestations of Beauty: Rodin’s Lovers Bathed in Afternoon Light

 Rodin’s Lovers Bathed in Afternoon Light

 

I’ve always loved Rodin, ever since I first read about his “Fallen Caryatid” in Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land (a great book!).

This is a photo I took at the Rodin Museum in Paris,a great museum in a former hotel with a park behind and a wonderful place to visit. I have several others I will post later hopefully!

Moment and Light. The sun was pouring in from a window providing magical lighting for this statue of lovers.  I’ve provided 3 versions of the same photo.  How such beauty can be carved from stone, and how lighting can add to such exquisite beauty is beyond my understanding. I simply wallow in the beauty of it all and am so grateful to have memorialized this moment.

Favorite Photos: Mother and Baby Ape: I Wonder

Mother and Baby Ape: I Wonder

 

This is a photo Ive spent a lot of time on. The picture quality wasn’t good, it was sunset at  the Wild Animal Park in Escondido and it was the last light of the day. Mother is looking down, the baby on her back is looking up with wonder, it is the last light on trees, these sentient beings, and the world.

Wonder, last light, mother and child, standing on solid stone, generations, trees, all one. A special moment, then another moment comes, and this moment becomes a memory. Life goes on.

Manifestations of Beauty: Plant bending back to earth

Manifestations of Beauty: Plant bending back to earth

There are several things I love about this photo. First in the black-and-white  there is less distraction from the importance of the curves and shapes and shadows. I love the symbolism of the plant reaching for the sky, and then reaching back to the earth, almost touching. I also love the shape of the shadow and the curving of the hillside in the background.

The color photo brings out that beautiful color of the plant itself.

General Information on my manifestations of beauty blog posts:

Beauty dances in many forms,  in many manifestations, for example, over time a caterpillar becomes a larvae  becomes a butterfly.  This is beauty observed through time.
Yet  Beauty can also be a single moment, a single photograph. Single moment beauty can viewed through many different filters.  The same beauty, the same moment, seen differently,  With each filter bringing out a different aspect  of the unspeakable and multilayered  beauty in each object.

I have been red green colorblind all my life, I see the world differently than those who are not colorblind. I often wonder how they see. Perhaps because of this, I love taking the same photograph and looking at it through different filters using programs like aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

Manifestations of Beauty: Shining Succulents!

Manifestations of Beauty: Shining Succulents!

To see the full sized image on any photo click on that photo. To close the full sized image click the x at the top of the photo.

In the color picture there is a yellow luminance that seems to shine from the very soul of the plant!

The B&W version provides a much more sinister view of the same picture. I like the contrast and see each as equally beautiful in its own way.

General Information on my manifestations of beauty blog posts:

Beauty dances in many forms,  in many manifestations, for example, over time a caterpillar becomes a larvae  becomes a butterfly.  This is beauty observed through time.
Yet  Beauty can also be a single moment, a single photograph. Single moment beauty can viewed through many different filters.  The same beauty, the same moment, seen differently,  With each filter bringing out a different aspect  of the unspeakable and multilayered  beauty in each object.

I have been red green colorblind all my life, I see the world differently than those who are not colorblind. I often wonder how they see. Perhaps because of this, I love taking the same photograph and looking at it through different filters using programs like aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

Manifestations of Beauty: Succulent with shining halo

Manifestations of Beauty: Succulent with shining halo

Original Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.

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Above are the  original and two final versions  of “my Manifestations of Beauty: Succulent with Shining Halo.” Click on the “next” and “back” arrows to see the pictures in succession. Be sure to see the full sized image on any photo by simply clicking on the photo. To close the full sized image click the x at the top of the photo. I hope you enjoy these photos from Esalen Institute on the Monterey Peninsula. These photos were taken in March 2014 on my iphone camera.

Original Photo

Original Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.

Original Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.
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What caught my eye when I saw this were the following things: the yellow backlit halo above the very green leaf, the beautiful curved shape of that yellow Halo, the light shining subtly all the way through the green leaf,  and the shadow pattern from the artistic nearby fence on the far leaf.

Cropped Color Photo

Cropped Color Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.

Cropped Color Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.
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To bring out what I thought was most beautiful, I cropped and removed the parts of the picture that distracted from the essence of beauty I saw. The above is the result,  a moment that will never happen again  with this sunlight and with these shadows.

Black and White version of the photo

Cropped BW Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.

Cropped BW Yellow glowing plant with art shadows.
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Although I love the color version, the black and white version emphasizes even more  the curves, the shapes,  the curved shape shadows. Both are beautiful in different ways.

General Information on my manifestations of beauty blog posts:

Beauty dances in many forms,  in many manifestations, for example, over time a caterpillar becomes a larvae  becomes a butterfly.  This is beauty observed through time.
Yet  Beauty can also be a single moment, a single photograph. Single moment beauty can viewed through many different filters.  The same beauty, the same moment, seen differently,  With each filter bringing out a different aspect  of the unspeakable and multilayered  beauty in each object.

I have been red green colorblind all my life, I see the world differently than those who are not colorblind. I often wonder how they see. Perhaps because of this, I love taking the same photograph and looking at it through different filters using programs like aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.