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What is real beauty? Are you looking for it? (Part 1)

Have you ever really thought through the idea of beauty? Is it a tangible thing? Sure it is, however beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Let’s look at an example, I can show you a photo of my son with his hair all a mess and a smile filled with missing teeth and all I see is beauty. I don’t see beauty just because he’s my son, I see beauty because I know that smile on his face is there because also in this photo is his brand new one day old sister, he’s no longer JUST a little brother… He’s now a BIG brother!

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He’s no longer just a little brother… He’s a big brother!

 

Beauty can be found in the most unusual of places. Sometimes beauty is profound, I can be heard in the lyric of a song, speaking of such things as redemption, victory even loss. Every time I hear Steven Curtis Chapman sing about the loss of his young daughter I don’t hear despair, I hear beauty. Sometimes the flaw in beauty is bigger than a physical flaw, it can be loss…

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So many times beauty is not found in order or symmetry but it’s found in the scars and imperfections. Think about that odd beauty left behind after a forest fire, can you see those beautiful dark scars framed by a brilliant sunset…

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There is beauty in the scars

 

Helen Keller once said, and I’m paraphrasing “the most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt”.

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Nothing more beautiful than the unconditional love of a child.

 

I so love photos of people who have let their guard down, when they are not trying to fake a smile, when they are just being themselves. I think this is why I’m drawn to the works of Richard Avedon or Irving Penn; both photographers had this ability to capture the soul of a person rather than the face they are trying to show the world.

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Stay tuned for part two…

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