Julian Ray Photography

The Beauty Is In The Flaws

It has been a while since I've made time to do a blog post.

Why?

Well, the "reasons", yes, yes I know… excuses, are many but the reality is… I've been too buys out looking, wandering, and following my eye to make time to sit down and craft an entry.

But after a long pause I've done it.

Recently I was talking to someone about some of my work and they asked me how do I find inspiration. They asked me how do find beauty in all the chaos of this city.

That made me stop and think.

That it is chaotic, yes. That it is challenging and not for everyone. Yep. But it is in the Flaws that there is so much beauty.

Lets face it. Perfection is boring. Just as with people, what makes us interesting is our flaws not our perfections.


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“Nothing's perfect, the world's not perfect. But it's there for us, trying the best it can; that's what makes it so damn beautiful.”
― Hiromu Arakawa

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“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”
— Paul Strand

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“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.”
— Henri Cartier-Bresson

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“Crippled things are always more beautiful. It's the flaw that brings out beauty.”
― Holly Black

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“Accept yourself: flaws, quirks, talents, secret thoughts, all of it, and experience true liberation.”
― Amy Leigh Mercree

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“To me, photography is an art of observation. Itʼs about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...Iʼve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt

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“Donʼt shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”
— David Alan Harvey

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“A little damage makes people more interesting, right?”
― Catherine Hapka

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“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.”
— Sally Mann

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“You donʼt make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
— Ansel Adams

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“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
― Bruce Lee

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“It's hard to know who you are until you're cracked open a little bit.”
— Lizz Wright

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“My interest in photography is not to capture an image I see or even have in my mind, but to explore the potential of moments I can only begin to imagine.”
— Lois Greenfield

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“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”
— Susan Sontag

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“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
— Ernst Haas

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“Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.”
— Edward Weston

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“My inspiration has always been photography's ability to stop time and reveal what the naked eye cannot see.”
— Lois Greenfield

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“Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true. “
— Jacques-Henri Lartigue

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“Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.”
— Andre Bazin

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“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
—Alfred Stieglitz

I look forward to seeing you out there. -laughing!

Thank you,

Julian Ray

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