Beauty. Beauty is an elusive concept. It may lie in the eyes of the beholder, but even those eyes have a change of heart sometimes. According to science, symmetry is perceived as beautiful. The more symmetrical somebody’s facial features are the more attractive they look to others. But what about love, and hate?
Often our feelings for a person determine how beautiful we find them. People I like tend to look much more beautiful to me than people I dislike. This phenomenon (all driven by hormones of course) becomes even more pronounced when our feelings for a person change dramatically – I’m sure we’ve all had that one Prince Charming in our lives that suddenly turned into a frog.
So yes, while beauty is a super complex subject that is inherently difficult to define, we usually find it quite easy to agree on the things that are rather unpleasing to the eye – huge concrete blocks, crooked teeth and monobrows being some of them.
But what if things turned upside down for a change, and we suddenly found beauty in the most unlikely of places? Some people, creative minds mostly, find this incredibly easy. They look around and all they see is beauty. Others find it much harder. I used to belong to the latter group, but since I started my blog I have definitely developed an eye for ugly beauty.
It’s usually the “ugly” backdrops that produce the best pictures. Finding beauty in ugliness – even if the ugliness is not necessarily aesthetically pleasing on its own – is hope. It’s finding the light in the darkness and transforming tragedy into triumph. It helps us to see beyond the huge concrete building and someone’s crooked teeth, and it allows us to accept our own human flaws.
Blouse – H&M (similar here)
Trousers – Zara (similar here)
Coat – Zara (similar here)
Booties – Reiss (similar here)
(Pictures by Marlene)