Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Pretty beautiful

Natural born killer, Tanzania, January 2009
All baby animals are cute, until you see one rip the leg off a dead wildebeest calf
Pretty: pleasing or attractive to the eye Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc.

Beautiful: having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc. Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc.
From The Landscapist:
For me, the difference between "beauty" and "pretty" is all about depth. "Pretty" is all about surface. "Beauty" is about what lies beneath the surface. "Pretty" stays on the surface of things. "Beauty" dives/delves into the deep. "Pretty" is simple. "Beauty" is complex. "Pretty" embraces the straight and narrow. "Beauty" embraces contradictions. "Pretty" is contrived and self-absorbed. "Beauty" is comes naturally and is outgoing.
Go read the whole post, there's nothing I'd disagree with in there.

Nature is beautiful because it is rugged, adaptable, unsentimental. That's the truth I hope I can get at in my photographs.

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