Join Date: July 2005
Re: The Natural Ideal
I am absolutely overwhelmed by the loveliness of the images in this post. Any one of them is a picture of a better, more beautiful world, but looking at them all together is like seeing a vision of heaven itself. My favourites are the photos with Kelsey and Kailee, because those goddesses have the kind of soft, gentle beauty that is perfect for these environments, but all of the models (and all of their fashions) are beautified by being pictured in these surroundings.
I think the phrase "natural ideal" conveys the idea behind these images perfectly: yes, the locations are natural (not artificially generated), but they are also ideal in that they're carefully chosen to represent the outdoor world at its most attractive. The same is true of the models: they have natural curves and bodies, but they're also ideally beautiful. Natural + ideal, that's the recipe of true beauty; either one without the other is incomplete. It's not just prosaic "reality" that's depicted here, but a heightened reality, an ideal version of the world that is nevertheless wholly true- and therefore beautiful. For to quote another Romantic poet, "beauty is truth."