There is a Beauty all Around Us

by | Dec 5, 2020 | Blog Posts | 0 comments

Girl with blue eyes painted in black wearing a golden jewelry

With this blog post, I want to share something I heart about the human perception of beauty. This story really touched me a while ago. I would like to share information that I find useful and I hope others will find useful too, so let me share a story that grabbed my attention and motivated me to take a picture to express myself.

One day I heard a story from a guy – Sean Buranahiran. He shared a story about Japan. 

What was the story

When a bowl is broken in Japan it’s put back together with cracks filled with gold creating a beautiful lining. This is the emphasis of beauty in what was once broken. They believe when something has suffered damage and has a history it makes it even more beautiful and the same goes for human beings. It’s up to us to choose to paint our struggles with gold and make them beautiful. The Japanese art of Kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride.

I’ve always liked Japan and its culture, a country with an ancient millennial history. I thought it will be a great idea to recreate this beautiful story through photography images.
I wanted to find my own way and tell this story with light and colors so my images had to different, they had to be symbolic, not literally to paint lines over someone’s body. Because I intended to leave something for the imagination and let each person perceive the image differently.

The dark girl represents the human, created by a higher power and the golden jewelry are the weight and scars of our own experience in our lives painted with gold. 
The final images were published by different respected magazines and well-known photography communities such as Dark Beauty Magazine,,, Imagism Magazine, and other publications.

I will end with a quote that I really like by Tom Althouse.

“There is beauty all around us, and the light finds us when we realize, we are all part of that beauty and worth cherishing. If we despise any, we journey to despise ourselves. See all as beautiful, even if they choose to see themselves through you, as being less than so. We have the power to see for each, and be the reflection of what they may yet see.”  

Inspiration is all around us. We just have to find it.


By Samuel Zlatarev

Samuel Zlatarev is a portrait, beauty, and fine art photographer. He started his photography career as a retoucher and soon started sharing his photography and retouching knowledge. Now he shares interesting stories, blog posts, tutorials, and documentation about portrait, beauty, fine art photography, and retouching with everyone who wants to learn and master their art skills.

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