Beauty in Aging

Beauty and Surprise

John O’Donahue writes, “The wonder of the Beautiful is its ability to surprise us. With swift, sheer grace, it is like a divine breath that blows the heart open” (Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, p. 7). I was surprised multiple times during this photo shoot of white aging peonies. The photos reminded me of river currents, […]

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From “Beauty in Decay” to “Beauty in Aging”

This past year I have been surprised by glimpses of beauty as flowers wilted and dried up. For this website I created a portfolio category called “Beauty in Decay.” Yesterday my wife showed me an article in The Oprah Magazine (May 2003) about Joyce Tenneson’s photography. The caption for a photograph of poppies reads: “These […]

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“Wabi-sabi” — seeing beauty in aging

Recently a friend who saw some of the photos in the “Beauty in Aging” series mentioned how it reminded him of the Japanese aesthetic of “wabi-sabi.” In the wabi-sabi house: the Japanese art of imperfect beauty, Robyn Griggs Lawrence writes the following: “Simply put, wabi-sabi is the marriage of the Japanese wabi, meaning humble, and […]

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