This is a continuation of the ideas from my last video. In part 2 this week, we examine objective and subjective beauty through a discussion of Shakespeare, geometry, and personal taste. Moving towards part 3, we’re getting deeper into the idea of a universal, objective beauty.
In the Search For Beauty video series I shot last summer, I introduced the series by comparing subjective beauty and objective beauty. I decided not to include the piece, since it seemed to skim over too many ideas too quickly. This video–as well as the few that will follow–are an in-depth exploration of subjective and objective beauty. Is beauty something that we project onto the world around us, or are certain elements of our world intrinsically beautiful? I hope to move closer to that answer.
On May 1 two years ago I posted that I had finished a draft of my book The Search for Beauty. My wife and I went to our favorite restaurant and I ordered a glass of champagne. I posted a picture of that glass.
I sent the draft to my editor. Compared to the vision of what I felt beauty is and how it affects us, her response was underwhelming. I realized I had to go deeper.
In all things creative, we have process, and we have product. A creative life can guarantee process. Not necessarily a product, at least one living up to our vision. Since finishing that draft I’ve rewritten it twice but something just wasn’t matching my vision. I realized to give expression to beauty words alone for me may not be enough. I have filmed a video series on beauty, and given a couple of talks. I’ve read, made notes and continued to paint and draw. I’ve been busy and now I feel the threads of all this process reforming into a book as much about images as text and crafted and designed to be beautiful in itself. Continue reading