Beauty and Distortion

5 Mar

Quick! When you hear the word “distorted,” what’s the first thing you think of?

Something twisted? Something misshapen? Something that looks like itself but with a quality that makes you a bit uneasy, precisely because it’s not supposed to be there, because it kind of breaks the flow of what would otherwise seem perfect?

The dictionary defines distortion in many different ways: to force or put out of the true posture or direction; to twist out of natural or regular shape; a crookedness. Some distortion can be jarring and uncomfortable, even disturbing (I’m thinking, specifically, of truths that are distorted, for instance—when reality or facts are twisted in order to suit one’s motives). But there are also distortions that can be natural (like that which is the result of refraction of light, as when a perfectly straight straw in a glass seems bent out of shape). And then there are “distortions” that can actually be beautiful, such as the fluidity and flexibility of the bodies of the acrobats in Cirque du Soleil.

Case in point: (Okay, so this is not an acrobat, but I swear I actually saw an amazing acrobat in this exact position when we watched Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai last year):

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Beautiful, no? (Thank you, Ms. Cat of my dear friend Jes, for that amazing pose).

Speaking of beauty, I do agree with Charles Beaudelaire, a French poet, who said:

That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity—that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment—are an essential part and characteristic of beauty.

And here’s Mandisa, who has a great song about what true beauty is all about:

I hope your day is filled with true beauty, dear friends!

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6 Responses to “Beauty and Distortion”

  1. Photecstasy Saturday, 10 March 2012 at 3:49 am #

    That is SO weird you mentioned Charles Beaudelaire in your post!!! I just finished listening to The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre in which several references were made in regards to Daguerre and Beaudelaire’s friendship. It was historical fiction, so many holes in facts were filled, but it was fascinating, nonetheless. By the way, your pist was beautifully written. You have such a way with words. xo

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    • LivE Tuesday, 13 March 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      ha! how strange and amazing is that, indeed! thanks so much, yvonne – love it every time you visit. 🙂

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  2. happysherlock Wednesday, 7 March 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    This is so funny! It totally made my day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • LivE Tuesday, 13 March 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      thank you very much! hope your day was filled with laughs! 🙂

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  3. gingerbreadcafe Monday, 5 March 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    If I see my cat doing this, she gives me a “what?” look! I love the way cats stretch, naturals at Yoga!

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    • LivE Monday, 5 March 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      haha, that is hilarious! yes, they are so flexible – it’s enough to make one jealous of the positions they can achieve without effort! 🙂

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