Kaleidoscope #21

 

You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.
–Michael Ende, The Neverending Story 

 

 

 

 

 

As promised, below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s a maple sapling growing between stone pavers in my backyard. Taken on an overcast day with no special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.

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Kaleidoscope #20

I try to believe that something beautiful can result from something ugly, and that there will come a time when I’ll get to see what that is.
–Mia Sheridan, Archer’s Voice

 

 

 

 

Below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s my car’s engine, no special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.

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Kaleidoscope #19

…beauty is the projection of ugliness and by developing certain monstrosities we obtain the purest ornaments.
–Jean Genet, Miracle of the Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

As promised, below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s a lichen and moss covered tree trunk and exposed roots from my backyard. Taken on an overcast day with no special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone. In Photoshop, I also added a flower-shaped layer mask and a gradient fill for the background.

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Kaleidoscope #18

No matter how ugly you are; there is always someone who sees his heaven in your eyes.
–M.F. Moonzajer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the original photo used to create this image. Awesome clouds just before sunset, taken last month after dinner. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.

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Kaleidoscope #16

She was a triumph over ugliness, so often more beguiling than real beauty, if only because it contains paradox.
–Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this container of pansies on a lunchtime walk around downtown Richmond, VA. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my Kodak Share digital camera. And it’s even a little blurry…

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Kaleidoscope #15

Use all the ugliness you’re feeling to make something beautiful.
–Laura Goode, Sister Mischief

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s a candle in a cracked-glass hurricane. This was taken in the spring of 2016 for a Photography 101 challenge called “Warmth.” No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my Kodak Share digital camera.

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Kaleidoscope #14

Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.
–Baruch Spinoza

 

 

 

 

 

As promised, below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s a maple sapling growing between stone pavers in my backyard. Taken on an overcast day with no special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.

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Kaleidoscope #13

It’s my choice to be beautiful. It’s my choice to be ugly. And it’s my choice to decide what those words actually mean.
–Virginia Petrucci

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s the big blue sky pic I took on a recent trip to Illinois. No special lighting or retouching, simply a snap from my smart phone. Yes, the sky really was that blue…

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Kaleidoscope #12

I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.
— Alexander McQueen

 

 

 

 

Below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s my car’s engine, no special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.

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Kaleidoscope #11

A beautiful person is a person who can see the beauty in the midst of ugliness.
–Debasish Mridha

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the original photo used to create this image. It’s a lichen and moss covered tree trunk and exposed roots from my backyard. Taken on an overcast day with no special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.

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