Friday, February 3, 2012

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

From the top view of looking down at this broken butterfly, it’s ugly. Broken, dirty, neglected. It’s been laying in my yard since last fall. When it broke, no one picked it up and there it lies in its memory of a once thriving flower garden.
But light – oh how it changes view and perspective. Get down on the ground with the perspective of this broken beauty and allow the light to shine through it and notice how beautiful it becomes. Light shining through – can make even something ugly become beautiful.

I have wanted to photograph this butterfly – brokenness – for a long time and just didn’t know how and then this week someone suggested this:

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We all see things different and I want to see something that might be "ugly" that you find beautiful or unique.”

Thank you Ashley Wilson for your incredible suggestion! And thank you for participating as much as you have. You've had fantastic suggestions each week!

And I knew… it was finally a way to photograph this beautiful forgotten piece. Its wings are disheveled and crooked. But the light still shines beautifully through them. To someone else it may be broken and dirty and they can call it that. But shine some light on it from another angle and you can find something beautiful that still holds on.

I love Coldplay & their song Paradise.
There is a line in there I love regarding life getting heavy, a metaphor for a crushed spirit. The wheel breaks the butterfly a metaphor for life, the cycle of it every day, the weight of it crushing something so delicate such as a spirit.

When she was just a girl
She expected the world
But it flew away from her reach
and the bullets catch in her teeth
Life goes on, it gets so heavy
The wheel breaks the butterfly
Every tear a waterfall
In the night the stormy night she'll close her eyes
In the night the stormy night away she'd fly