Day 109: Something Beautiful—Weston’s Elegant Simplicity

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

Of leaving youth, I typically have no regrets. Periodically, I think of the exuberance of first time discoveries. And, I miss that it happens less often than 30 years ago. But a treasure of art is that it reminds—the first time I heard the tenor/baritone duet from Bizet’s Pearl Fishers, the first time I saw an O’Keefe iris, and the epiphany that some relationship, some influence had been shared between Edward Weston and Georgia O’Keefe. Of course, there had been a meeting and relationships involving Alfred Steiglitz, the photography, art promoter, and O’Keefe husband. A shared interest, passion, and obsession for the infinite detail of simply elegant subjects. A chambered nautilus, green pepper, twisted root vegetable — and this simply beautiful cabbage leaf.

Cabbage Leaf, 1931

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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