March 20, 2013

Wednesday Whim - Sakura

 images via Sayaka Maruyama via Tumblr

The definition of beauty is relative. Since I write a personal style blog, and follow many other personal style and street style blogs, I enjoy seeing how people interpret trends and beauty. Perhaps the best thing in having access to different blogs is seeing how the idea of beauty is different in other cultures and how it has changed throughout history. 

Japanese photographer,
Sayaka Maruyama, is an artist who seeks a new perspective on beauty. She draws on classical Japanese references and Surrealist motifs in her work and experiments with art to explore Western and Eastern perspectives on the Japanese notion of beauty (see more in her artist statement). In this photo series, called Sakura, the images are ethereal with overlays of unexpected color (and sometimes just black and white). The viewer never quite sees the full face of the model despite the exposure of the body. Though the photos are manipulated, the images feel raw and powerful.

What do you think? What's your take on the notion of beauty?


  1. wow these photos are incredible! i'm with you that the relative nature of beauty is fascinating. i also follow lots of street style blogs for that very reason! great post!


  2. wow these photos are stunning I love the play with color

  3. These are lovely. makes me want to watch Memoirs of a Gesha.

  4. Such beautiful photos...I cannot stop looking at them!!!

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

  5. Oh my goodness...these photographs are absolutely stunning and so visually arresting - I love them!

    Trendy Teal

  6. These are gorgeous Nancy! I've learned through life and blogging that beauty is defined differently through each person's eyes.

  7. Beautiful photos indeed - I think confidence is beauty - if you're confident in yourself - that's very beautiful. Also being unique - like Georgia Jagger with her gap toothed smile and Cara Delevign and her eyebrows!

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  8. beautıful pıctures!!!

  9. oh my gosh thank you for sharing this AMAZING photographer. I'm stunned by her work, seriously. I want to have a wall of all of these. They are so simple and subtle in their beauty, but my gosh, I'm in love.

    Lady à la Mode

  10. Wow! These pictures are so beautifully haunting! xx


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