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"Shooting Star Monster"

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 18 February 2018 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Guillermo del Toro's brilliant film, "The Shape of Water" (which to me is a love story), has me seeing the beauty of monsters everywhere I look. This way of seeing really began with my fascination with wabi sabi. Some time ago, I shared this quote.

Wabi Sabi is a way of seeing the world that is at the heart of Japanese culture.
It finds beauty and harmony in what is simple,
imperfect, natural, modest, and mysterious.
– Mark Reibstein, Wabi Sabi

And this quote,

Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the
proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.
– Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

To repeat the last sentence, "Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace." This perfectly defines my entire photographic journey. In constantly seeking "moments of poetry and grace," I enter an "altered state of consciousness" when I am photographing.

NIKON D700 1/320 second F/20.0 ISO 400 260 mm (35mm equiv.)

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

Wonderful processing.

18 Feb 2018 5:59am

Amadeus from Berlin, Germany


18 Feb 2018 7:32am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


18 Feb 2018 12:26pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A very pictorial photographic image ...
Hugs Jack!

18 Feb 2018 5:47pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful monster for sure.

18 Feb 2018 11:30pm

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

This captures the attention.. lovely

19 Feb 2018 8:06am