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Beauty in Decay

April 22, 2014  •  4 Comments

"I'm attracted to decay , I suppose in a way, to ugliness too. A derelict house gets me in"

Artist LS Lowry

 

In a way, I'm attracted to decay too. 

Out of view from visitors, I have odd stems of flowers in various states of decay scattered around my house. It's fair to say that if I'm given a bouquet of flowers I certainly gain money's worth from them!

 I love crinkled roses, brittle seed pods and delicate skeleton-like shrivelled leaves. I love the vintage shabby chic look of faded irregular-shaped petals. So much texture and structure. 

 

GerberaGerberaA beautiful grungy shabby chic gerbera! Glorious in decay.

 

Each distressed flower holds a vivid memory for me. The roses my son gave me when he graduated from university as a thank you for keeping him motivated when revision became overwhelming…the strangely dyed two-toned purple chrysanthemums given to me last mothers day… the crinkled tulips I bought for myself from the garden centre when I felt desperate to see the colours of spring after a grey winter...

What do you think? Can you see beauty in decay too?

 

 


Comments

4.Roxi(non-registered)
I think the older we get the more we appreciate the aged things in life. And as photographers we gave the eyes to see the beauty.
3.Viv(non-registered)
Helen you should see my studio, I have several Tulips in stages of decay . I too love the aged and shriveled.
2.Diana Foster(non-registered)
Beautiful image.
1.Sarah(non-registered)
Decay makes my heart sing. Not sure what that says about me, except that nothing is perfect and I am tired of looking for perfection.
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