1 Recent Deviation
There are two foundations of thought for "The Anti-Aesthetic" group. First and foremost... Wabi-Sabi. It's a Japanese saying... it's seeing the beauty in things that are often over-looked or even considered (by societal standards) as ugly. The second thought is Dada... they thought of themselves as a group of non-artists. Not that I think we aren't artists, and I don't think the Dadaist's felt they were without relevance either, but I think the idea of being "Anti-Aesthetic" challenges the idea of what is beautiful. Inside this group beauty abounds... and it's quite obvious to me, but perhaps would leave the common person baffled. I hope that you take a little time to look around, and perhaps join. Would be great to see you-
This is how I see the breakdown of the category choices:
"Close Up Texture" gallery focuses on a texture that was made, but usually not controlled. However, this doesn't mean that the photographer is not in control of their composition and the set up of the frame/surface.
"Conceptual" is idea-based. It incorporates (or may appear to incorporate) symbolism that can affect the viewer's thought or thoughts about a subject(s).
"Disfigurement" can ride a fine line into the conceptual arena, and you may have to make a choice on which category you prefer. It's the idea that beauty is not defined by the "average" person.
"Figures Unedited" is beauty that is found in the average person. Often times we are overwhelmed with cinematography and magazines that we forget or own mortal beauty. This is a direct look at the figure and seeing that uniqueness creates reality.
"Nature" is truest to the "Wabi-Sabi" philosophy. It is purposeful and usually very clean so it can focus on it's purest form.
"Life in a Moment" looks at objects, and how we might pass them everyday without taking a second look.
Currently, I am not sure how to merge "Collections" and "Features"... but I am working on. From what I can tell, it's the difference of "asking" and being "asked" to submit a deviation. All are great, so one is not better than the other.