“Beauty is not caused. It is.” -Emily Dickinson
As an introduction I want to say, I was often annoyed with my photo class; however, it was one of my best classes here in France. The teacher always told us to make something or build something and take pictures of it. So, He wanted us to make something happen then take a picture of it. I, personally, prefer waiting. I love to go for a walk and find the sun at a perfect angle on the dew drop. I am not the one to go to a field with a eye dropper to make dew. This is who I am. I am a natural photographer. When I make something, I do take pictures to preserve the idea in the future. However, if I had the choice, the made object would be displayed as itself not a photo. Thus, the class pushed me to go past my comfort zone, and that is why I enjoyed it.
For my last project, the project was called “Les Mots”. The subject had to be words. I found a poem by Emily Dickinson that said what I felt during the class’s projects.
It is written in French because it was a French course, so forgive the simple language. – translation and explanation below.’
Beauté – être pas causé – Elle Est –
La chasser, et elle cesse –
La chase pas, et elle demeure –
Dépasser les plis
Dans le pré – lorsque le vent
Exécute ses doigts a travers elle-
Divinité veillera à ce
Que vous n’avez jamais le faire –
Les photo dit – <<Beauty is not caused. It Is. >> Ou <<Beauté n’est pas causé. Elle est. >>
L’art est la beauté. On fait l’art, et on veut l’art avoir la beauté. C’est simple. Non, la beauté est différente pour chaque personne. Une personne verra la beauté, l’autre ne verra rien. Chaque jour, elle change. Dans le monde de mode, elle change très rapide. La beauté d’aujourd’hui ne sera rien dans les années.
La beauté qui est belle toujours est la nature. On ne fait pas. On veut la copie. La nature change, mais c’est la même chose chaque année : Le printemps- les fleurs colorées, l’été – l’arbre vert, l’automne – les feuilles colorées, l’hiver- la neige blanche. La nature est belle.
Beauty — be not caused — It Is —
Chase it, and it ceases —
Chase it not, and it abides —
Overtake the Creases
In the Meadow — when the Wind
Runs his fingers thro’ it —
Deity will see to it
That You never do it —
Art is beauty. One makes art and wants it to be beautiful. It is simple. Not really. Beauty is different to each person. One person will see beauty, and the other will not. Everyday, beauty changes. In fashion, it changes quickly. What is beautiful today is not beautiful tomorrow.
The only beauty that is beautiful forever is nature. One can not make it. One wants to copy it. However, nature does change, but it is the same every year: Spring – colorful flowers, Summer- green trees, Fall- colorful leaves, and Winter- white snow. Nature is beauty.
I don’t think the teacher got my rebellious message, but rather my love for Emily Dickinson and nature.
What I meant was, I understand we have different ideas of beauty, but I appreciated your view and the other students’ work. But personally, I’m a bit of an old school girl. I love old artists more then modern artist. I like the “beaux arts” not the “art plastique”. Also, I prefer to take pictures of natural situations.
Don’t misjudge the teacher. He was really nice and slow with me! And, I got wonderful grades in this class.
And that is why I liked it. I was a challenge, but I still kept the sense of me.