A perfect flower is going to offer up a perfect picture. That is, assuming all of your equipment is working correctly, the light angles and levels are great, and lady luck is at your door step.
Yet, I have offered up an “imperfect” flower. It has a little brown around the edges of some of the petals. The color white in the center is not a perfect white but a more cream color. What was I thinking about when I took this picture? Most professional photographers would simply throw this image away. That would be a huge loss. I wasn’t thinking about photography, or it being the perfect picture. I was making art instead.
The art of impermanence. Things don’t last forever.
I wanted to elevate that feeling of impermanence to another level. Sure, I could have spent many hours at my computer working in Photoshop to make it a “perfect flower”. But it would ruin the chance to view the idea that reality shows us all nature’s beauty if we take time to look for it.
I’m looking at this rose, and I see that it is deep into middle age. The green at the bottom of the flower tells me that it is still got a long and prosperous life ahead of it. But the brown? It’s the grey hair that some people start to get in their 40’s. It’s impermanence shown in nature. It’s nature’s way of physically telling the world, “Hey, look whose not a kid anymore!” It’s not demeaning to the flower, indeed if the flower could speak I think it would be saying “ I’ve lasted this long?” “Wow.”
It’s an interesting challenge to our general way of thinking that everything has to be perfect. Especially in photography. That in itself Is the great thing about being an artistic photographer. I get to see and share nature’s way of saying being impermanent is perfect. Enjoy.
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