The Rose Without a Thorn.

Catherine Howard (one of King Henry VIII’s wives) has been referred to as “the rose without a thorn.” Always beautiful, always proper. Women call themselves today to be that rose in society, and to hide the thorns. Be flawless.

Roses and thorns though are part of the same plant. The rose stays on the plant for only a few days, the thorn is there forever – and some say it’s there to protect the plant from being eaten by animals – so the thorns then make the rose possible.

People tend to see the beauty of the rose and pretend the thorn is not present, but on a cactus the only thing that you can see is thorns but in fact many bloom quite beautifully.

In either case – the thorns are what makes the plants that carry the beauty, survive.

Dunes of Sand

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”
― Rachel Carson
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The gentle curve of the breast and hip combined with the fabric seemed to remind me very much of rolling sand dunes.

The Sculpture in Dance

Grace visited my studio a couple of Sundays ago, and I asked her to be en pointe – which apparently was something she hadn’t done in about 4 years. It was clear from the moment she entered the studio that her talent is a force to be reckoned with. Some of the images that follow are pure dance technique (as approved by Grace) and some are just captures of her being a – work of art.

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Dance is Moving Sculpture

The title, a quote from Pablito Greco.

It is an honor to be able to freeze those moments of female humanity, and preserve in the camera a sense of the fluid sculpture that a woman is…IMG_7463w

Michelangelo said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

My job is much easier. The angels are all around. I find the light and then push the button.

From the Time They are Little

From the time they are little – girls and then women are told what they need to put ON to be beautiful. What kind of clothes to wear (Oh don’t you look good in that), what kind of makeup (That color lipstick suits you). It’s really not about ‘fashion’ or ‘society’ per se. It’s not about conforming to a beauty standard, whether it be realistic or not. It’s that we have grown to think something needs to be added at all. Something is required to enhance.

IMG_7582wI’m here to (literally) strip all of that away. Women are beautiful on their own.