Darkness beautiful?

I have often contemplated Darkness as a form of beauty, because often, light is associated as beautiful. I have nothing against light, dont get me wrong. But if I had to choose, I would choose darkness. Helena Bonham Carter has inspired this post, for varies reasons obviously.

In the popular Harry Potter series she plays a witch of dark  magic, cunning behaviour and has a ridiculously “witchy” laugh. her character in the movie and novel is, for me, quite interesting. I wont get into detail with that, as it is not my motive to discuss her character in the series.

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter












I came across this photo while searching for Black and White portraits on Google, I looked at it for almost % seconds and went further down on the search results. But it just happened that I felt the need to see it again, and there, at that very moment I saw it. That beauty, that feeling you get when you pass someone beautiful and you take a second look before you never see them again. I imagined it must have been a nightmare before photography was created to see someone beautiful and face the reality that you might never see them again, that specific person, that specific beauty. I mean look at the image, that glance away from the photographer is not a shying away glance, it is not that she is afraid or worried -no, it cant be that.  she reminds me of the Mona Lisa, it is difficult with such images to decide who is beautiful, the person rendered, or photographed, or the painting or photograph. Such is the mystery I see in such images. I would go so far to say its sinister, the confusion they bring to us is uncalled for, unfair, at its extreme, a crime.

She is smiling…maybe its a smirk, or something like a giggle gone cold, recently happened, not to be seen again. I assume most would say it is just an image of an actress who starred in a popular film, but we all know such statements to degrade personal taste in certain things is just a “difference of opinion” scenario, which can be easily avoided.

I say find beauty in the simple, in the most basic of things. Find it in colour, find it in water, in leaves, dust, clouds, in peoples eyes and smiles, in their tears and laughs.  Because it is the most simplest things in life, the most basic, that make the heart move in the wildest and passionate of ways.

signed: koketso letlape