All It's Cracked Up To Be

A few thoughts on seeing the beauty found in the cracks and flaws of life.

Recently I was talking with a couple of artist friends about the beauty that is all around us if we just take the time to see it. Time and willingness to actually see not just look. They were complaining about all the rain and how dirty everything was. When I said that to the contrary this time of year brings so many amazing colours and textures to life they gave me that usual look of incredulity.

Looking is easy and most people do it all the time but seeing is harder. Seeing takes the courage and strength to put down ones prejudices, fears, and let go of expectations. Seeing is done by following one's own curiosity and being willing to be honest with ones self.

Here are a few images exploring and celebrating the beauty found in the flaws that are all around us… if we allow ourselves to see it.

vertical crack in a white wall
"I love imperfections."
— Lady Gaga

red cracks in a yellow wall
"Everything you can imagine is real."
— Pablo Picasso

blue wall with water stain in the center
"I embrace the imperfections and celebrate them."
— Kesha

cracks in taksi paint
"Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness."
— Bryant H. McGill

a whole in a yellow wall showing red bricks
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
— Albert Einstein

A window in an adobe wall with cracks
"Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion."
— John Burroughs

red and green wall with cracks showing bricks
"I think when I was younger, I strived for perfection. And now I strive for my imperfections because I think they're more interesting."
— Jane Krakowski

a crack in Mingun Pahtodawgyi
"Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfections."
— Diane von Furstenberg

a whole in abrick will exposing some bricks
"Curiosity is the lust of the mind."
— Thomas Hobbes

black cracks in a blue green wall
"Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people."
— Leo Burnett

blues, purples, and yellows show on peeling paint
"Critical thinking and curiosity are the key to creativity."
— Amala Akkineni

roots wrork their way out of a brick wall with old pipe
"I don't think perfect is interesting. I think what makes life exciting is the imperfections."
— Mary Frann

old Burma Telecoms cover in concreat road
"Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected."
— Robert Frank

molds and textures in a green wall
"Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect."
— Samuel Johnson

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you did please comment, like, and share.

Julian Ray


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