Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday Quotable

Yesterday, I finally went to see Kara Walker's A Subtlety at the old Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg (Brooklyn). As we walked through the factory, it occurred to me that it wasn't just about the resin and sugar cast boys or even the sphinx herself. It was about taking in all the detail of the decaying building. The sugar burned to the walls, the scattered amber glass window panels, the cracks in the floor. For whatever reason, it all plays together and helps you see the pain and beauty of the exhibit all the more.

It struck me that I capture a lot of pretty things in my photos but I tend to ignore the ugly. As I snapped this burned, sticky wall, I decided to start trying to look for the beauty in ugly things. If nothing else, it helps us appreciate beauty on a deeper level.

The same can be said of our lives. There are ugly parts of every life but if there were no bad times, perhaps we wouldn't know how to be grateful. I am going to make a conscious effort to be thankful for my rough times (even in the midst of them) for their provision of perspective. Happy Monday! 

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