The Beauty Is In The Details; Not The Devil

We are in constant pursuit of the fountain of youth and all things new. When something gets old enough, we discard, retire, or replace it. When something gets worn enough, we polish, enhance, or renovate it. My concern is that we may be losing an appreciation for the precious relics of this earth and moreover, the beauty and richness that resides in age itself.

Photographer Beth Moon successfully uses special techniques to accentuate the age of the world’s oldest trees. One such technique involves extending the camera’s exposure time (i.e., the time that the lens stays open to let light into the camera). By this technique, the resulting image is far more vivid and sharp which amplifies the details and age of the subject. A welcomed effect by this photographer.

“I wonder what would happen to our culture and appreciation for age if we were to embrace and promote the qualities of age rather than spend so much effort hiding it.”
-Greg Pai

So, we can conclude that the more detail we see in an image, the more the subject’s age, wear, and tear are likely to be amplified. This is really not a big secret at all. In fact, the multi-billion dollar cosmetic industry thrives on reducing human detail. Particularly, but not exclusively, facial detail for example. Unfortunately, the consequence is that we promote an adversity to age when we spend so much time and resources hiding it. It is ironic that we would go out of our way to augment the details in nature. Shouldn’t we pursue the same beauty in ourselves? I wonder what would happen to our culture and appreciation for age if we were to embrace and promote the qualities of age rather than spend so much effort hiding it.

Nocturnal Photographs of the World’s Oldest Trees – Hyperallergic

Nocturnal Photographs of the World’s Oldest Trees. Photographer Beth Moon documents the world’s oldest trees by the starry light of the night sky. Allison Meier 13 hours ago · Advertise on with Nectar Ads. Popular. Nocturnal Photographs of the World’s Oldest Trees – Hyperallergic

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