Apr 1, 2010


I'm finally finishing my midterm, yikes!!!!, and I googled "can something ugly be art" to see what I would get. Along with the usual suggestions of how to turn something ugly into something beautiful - which is not what I wanted, I stumbled upon this blog (http://www.greenwala.com/profiles/linda-lucille/blog/4922-Trippy-Pollution-Photography-Can-Something-So-Ugly-Actually-Be-Beautiful).

Isn't this amazing?! Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder!

The pictures are beautiful images, full of color, and of the type to make you wonder how they were taken. Yet, when you think about what they are pictures of...you realize just how ugly they are.

This is a great example of how a person really needs to be visually literate to understand what they are seeing. If I were completely illiterate, I might want copies of these pictures to put on my walls. After all they would make great modern art - imagine them on a wall framed in simple black frames - gorgeous. But what I would be celebrating is the destruction of my world. How sad.

You know, I just realized, I took some similar pictures during my trip to Nicaragua last spring. I should find those and post them as well. Of course, right now they are packed and unorganizedly placed in my storage facility. One cannot complain when one has to rely on the kindness of others,... but there should have been a little more organization to the placement of boxes. Oh well, I'll be in a house and out of this motel by the end of April - I hope!

My question is: don't people just get this automatically. Do people really need to be educated just to read? It's sad to say, that the answer to my question is probably yes, people do need to be educated.

Oh well, comme ci, comme ca (excuse the lack of diacritical marks)