Beauty surrounds us everyday, but we are often to busy to notice it.
Take time to look around you. Take time to look at the mundane things from a different angle. Take time to pay attention to your surroundings.
You may be surprised by what you find.
Civilizations are not remembered by their business people, their bankers or lawyers. They’re remembered by their art. (Eli Broad)
The arts and humanities are vastly more important in troubled times. (Jim Leach)
There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence. (Julie Taymor)
I just finished the art history class at Kahn Academy. During the first lesson, the instructor defined an artist as, “someone who is particularly insightful about their own cultural moment.”
I find that definition to be a bit restrictive. I think an artist is someone who expresses themselves in a creative way or someone who has a unique perspective on the world around them and shares that perspective with other people.
I have a tendency to find beauty in the mundane and my favorite form of expression is photography. As you can see, I will take photos of random flowers, animals, and even bugs.
I don’t think my photography says anything about my “cultural moment.” I think it just reflects on how much beauty is in the world and my attempt to share that beauty with others.
My neighbor has beautiful trees. I really enjoy looking at them while sitting in the backyard.