What ever happened to beauty and the supermodel? It seems that beauty today has faded from existence.
In the beginning, the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam. A rib was removed from Adam's side and God created a woman for the man. I have always loved this story because God found it needful for Adam to have a woman beside him, not only a creature to help him, but, someone Adam could love, cherish, desire and share his experiences. She was the perfect fit for man's need. It was truly a beautiful pairing.
It doesn't seem to be so today. Have we lost that sense of beauty? Man and woman have become separate individuals, each seeking their own fulfillment and destiny. Do we even take the time to recognize beauty? They say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", but, does anyone ever "behold" anymore. "Behold" as the masters of old, like Da Vinci, Michelangelo or Bernini, as they worked endlessly on the great masterpieces of art we view today. I guess, in this day, one may be regarded as a voyeur, stalker or pervert for "beholding". Maybe a better term would be "appreciation" of beauty.
I grew up in the early 80's, before the implementation of the internet or digital downloads. Being a healthy teenager, I could not wait until Sports Illustrated came out with the annual printed swimsuit issue. It should have been a national holiday. I believe Jule Campbell, Sports Illustrated's then fashion reporter and model wrangler, was the reason for the issue's rise to fame. She had the "eye" for great images. Yes, the magazine had beautiful women in little pieces of fabric, photographed in exotic locations, but, it was the discipline of the players and the execution of the images that made the beauty happen. Walter Iooss, a SI staff sports shooter, was always my favorite photographer. When he and Jule teamed up, you knew the images would be great. The lighting, colors, pose and model talent, (such as Porizkova, Seymour, Crawford, Ireland, MacPherson, among others), always made for beautiful images. I "beheld" the beauty then, and, hopefully, by knowing the fashion reporter's and photographer's names, I won't be branded a voyeur, stalker or pervert.
It is in this pursuit of beauty, I created Safari Studios Adventures In Photography, a place where beauty can be recognized and created once again. I don't believe it has disappeared, we just have to learn how to behold and appreciate its presence again. Maybe, like Milton, we find that our Paradise Lost can become our Paradise Regained.
And, once we Explore the possibilities, we can Discover the capture and we can all Experience the beautiful and wonderful images created. Calling all potential Supermodels. What Is Your Adventure?