Friday, January 02, 2009

I thought I would share the following pictures just for fun; both are so dramatic. It made me wonder why all cultures have gone to such lengths to beautify. There is so much craft in these two pictures and I don't consider either evil, but looking for a quote to shed light on the question, I was unable to find anything that did not either condemn or encourage, but nothing expressed my question or thoughts. The man is from Peru and I assume the girl is from the U.S. I decided to post some of the quotes I ran across: they differ greatly in opinion, and I endorse none. I did find them all interesting, maybe you will as well.

"Many a one, for the sake of finery on the back,
Has gone with a hungry belly, and half-starved their families.
“Silks and satins, scarlets and velvets, put out the kitchen fire.”
B. Franklin

"The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.”
Isaac Watts.

The adorning thee with so much art
Is but a barbarous skill;
‘Tis like the poisoning of a dart
Too apt before to kill.”
Abraham Cowley.

As for clothing…..perhaps we are led oftener by
The love of novelty and a regard for the opinions
Of men, in procuring it, than a true utility.”
H.D. Thoreau

“With silken coats, and caps, and golden rings,
With ruffs, and cuffs, and fardingales, and things;
With scarfs, and fans, and double change of bravery,
With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knavery.”

“Never teach false morality. How exquisitely absurd to tell
girls that beauty is of no value, dress of no use! Beauty is of value;
her whole prospects and happiness in life may often depend upon
A new gown or a becoming bonnet, and if she has five grains of common
Sense, she will find this out.”
Sydney Smith.
Oh man! it is good he lives in a different century!

"A gaudy dress and gentle air,
May slightly touch the heart,
But it’s innocence and modesty
That polishes the dart.”

Top photo by James Pam, bottom photo by Sergio Passolano.


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Fred :)

Both photos are exquisite and exceedinly beautiful. It shows to what extent man and woman can dress up to attract each other and impress others. It reflects the cravings in human beings to stand out and distinguish themselves.

Well dressed person not only impresses others but also feels good about himself.

It is said that the first impression is the best impression and a well dressed person creates a favourable atmosphere in the minds of others and they are ready to listen to him with an open mind.

Ofcourse, every culture has ceremonial dresses and special make ups which are alluring and spell binding.

No wonder when you saw these enchanting photos you were transfixed by the beauty and spend quite some time to understand the meaning and ferret out some information which obviously resulted in those excellent quotes which perhaps has no relevance to the breath taking attires in the photos.

Well! Your photos also made me put on the thinking cap to find out some meaning in them :) Thanks.

Best wishes :)

FCB said...

Hi Joseph,
Great comments, I looked forward to your response, and I know in Inida you see beauty of dress and ornament unrivaled in all the world.
I also agree that the quotes didn't really address these pictures regarding their intent. I'm sure there is a lot of tradition and history in ethnic ornament, and then some is just for fun.
God bless,

HAINAngel2000 said...

I think the first picture is beautiful. The color, the time it took to paint the bright colors. I think God made woman with the desire to be beautiful. She needs to hear this, feel it. Being beautiful is not always an outside thing, its an inside thing as well.
Just an interesting way of expressing her beauty.