Real Beauty

by Starla J. King on April 6, 2012

It’s like a treasure hunt every day here in the city, looking for the flashes of beauty in the raw realness of the urban environment.

You’d think my treasure chest would be nearly empty, with just a withered leaf or broken piece of glass to show for my hunt…last night’s usual senseless murders and the darkness of poverty still clinging tightly.

But no…. no, it’s not that at all.  My urban beauty treasure chest is so crammed full that the lid no longer shuts.

Abandoned Building, Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia PA

Maybe it’s the scarcity that enhances my experience of beauty here in Philadelphia.

Maybe it’s the sense of hope as nature muscles its way through the cracks of abandoned buildings.

Maybe it’s a fear-fueled need to see beauty, no matter what or where, to keep my soul alive.

Or maybe it’s just that the light and shadows of real life in all its facets of joy and pain are inherently gorgeous.

And real = beautiful. Period.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

hypothetical April 6, 2012 at 11:38 am



Starla J. King April 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

Dear hypothetical :)… I think of you often, actually, when photographing these things.


tina April 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Yes, Starla – I agree that real = beautiful. Thank you for being so beautiful to me.


Starla J. King April 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

Likewise, Tina dear.. .likewise!


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