Beauty will save the world. (The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
Dostoyevsky once let drop the enigmatic phrase: “Beauty will save the world.” What does this mean? For a long time it used to seem to me that this was a mere phrase. Just how could such a thing be possible? When had it ever happened in the bloodthirsty course of history that beauty had saved anyone from anything? Beauty had provided embellishment certainly, given uplift—but whom had it ever saved? (Beauty Will Save the World by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
The herculean task of a photographer is to capture a momentary frame as beautiful in reality, as it would be in a dream. (Ansel Adams, an American photographer and environmentalist)
I don’t know whether the Russians, at least some of them, do believe that beauty saves the world. Maybe, they believe only in force. Not all of them, of course, but some of them for sure do. I believe that the beauty around us really helps to go through the hard times and dark ages. The task of a photographer is to capture it and show to the world.
Today I would like to present a great photographer. He calls himself CHILL, French indie & self-proclaimed photographer, and, I think, he copes with this herculean task well.
Flickr: chill /// indie photographer
chill / photographie
These photos were taken on March 4, 2011 using an Olympus E-30 (1-2) and Sony DSC-TX5 (3), presumably in Mexico.
Mexique 196 By elienai | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Mexique 173 By elienai | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
DSC00198 By elienai | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Images: Mexique 196 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Mexique 173 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
DSC00198 | Flickr – Photo Sharing! (under Creative Commons license)
The first and third photos were taken on February 2, 2011 (Nikon D200 – Noct-nikkor 58/1.2 AIS – 800 ISO). The second photo was taken on February 13, 2011 (Leica M6 – Voigtlander Heliar 15/4.5 Asph – XP2).
DONNA (TUTTO SI FA PER TE) By Luca Rubbi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
BARBAR!NA DOUBLE 15 By Luca Rubbi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
ELEGANTE By Luca Rubbi | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Images: DONNA (TUTTO SI FA PER TE) | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
BARBAR!NA DOUBLE 15 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
ELEGANTE | Flickr – Photo Sharing! (under Creative Commons license)
Luca Rubbi Photography
Flickr: Luca Rubbi
Who knows how many wonderful photographs are taken every minute, hour, day, week or month? In substitution for discontinued “Weekend Columns“, I’m starting a new column “Photos taken in…“. I have in mind to pick out a small fraction of photos worth to be seen (from my personal point of view, of course). Let’s start from January.
These photos were taken on January 28, 2011.
Standing Pose By poolski | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Hallway 2 By poolski | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Images: Standing Pose | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Hallway 2 | Flickr – Photo Sharing! (under Creative Commons license)
Links: antispin – Kyrill’s Blog
Kyrill’s Blog on Facebook
The following photos were taken on January 5, 2011 (presumably, in Slateford, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – at least, the seconds one)
2 45 0001 By tobias feltus | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Rebekka TXO 1 By tobias feltus | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Images: 2 45 0001 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Rebekka TXO 1 | Flickr – Photo Sharing! (under Creative Commons license)
Links: Tobias Feltus: Createur d’Images Photographiques
Flickr: tobias feltus
Tobias Feltus on Myspace
I’ve found this short true story in Jet, in the magazine’s issue for the year 1966 (page 29). Here it is.
Naked Excuse. In Miami Beach, Fla., after a 22-year-old woman arrested for driving in the nude explained that she was on her way home from a swimming party and wanted to dry off in the night air and that nudity is beauty, like in statues, Judge Eugene Weiss cited her the indecent exposure statute and fined her $25.”
Nudity is beauty. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?
1960s - Mk1 Lotus Elite with model. Bob Challman Nude Woman promo by bickars | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
The image is, of course, unrelated to the story directly. It is available under a Creative Commons license.
Source: Jet, Sep 1, 1966
I was looking for a quote about Beauty and I liked this one.
The Navajo regard the universe as supremely beautiful and intrinsically harmonious. They view humanity as part of nature and in no way separated from nature. Beauty to the Navajo is not an abstract concept, not something perceived as external or as something to be searched for by an appreciative viewer. They believe beauty to be an intrinsic quality of Being, experienced by living a good life and especially by creating beauty continually. (Weaver of worlds: from Navajo apprenticeship to sacred geometry and dreams : a woman’s journey in tapestry by David Jongeward)
Today’s weekend column is devoted to art photography by Giulia Ciappa from Florence.
- Naked hole in stomach by Giulia Ciappa
- Artistic – Open Shirt in Darkened Room by Giulia Ciappa
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
1. Flickr: giuvax
2. La luna di profilo
3. Artistic – Open Shirt in Darkened Room – Wikibooks
4. Let me be the man I am [# 8] | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
5. Naked hole in stomach | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
6. Photographie/Thèmes/Le nu – Wikibooks
Today I’m posting links to the photos taken by Austrian photographer Alfred Georg Weissenegger. These images may be seen in his gallery on deviantART. If I was going to write something profound here, that could be: Art needs no comment.
lonely girl by alfred-georg on deviantART
ot47 by alfred-georg on deviantART
1. alfred-georg on deviantART
2. Alfred Weissenegger photo portofolio
3. ModelMayhem.com – alfred-georg – Photographer – Amstetten, Niederösterreich, Austria