Photography and Beauty

By | January 14, 2024

[January 14, 2024]  Look to where beautiful things are and where life’s outcomes are lovely.  The Epoch Times covered the winner of the International Wedding Photographer of the Year (link here).  Annually, prizes are handed out for the best photographs in several categories.  This year, the prize went to Tara Lilly of Whistler, Canada, for a superbly well-timed photo of a bird landing on a surprised bride’s head.  They say that beauty has no bounds, and that is true.

By being alert to beauty, we may make the world a better place, which is what we should be doing.  We can do it because it is our moral obligation to promote and enjoy beauty wherever we find it.  In the photograph of this wedding, we see not just the bride’s beauty but also the startling event of a bird landing on the top of the bride’s head.  She will have that memory forever.  And we will be able to enjoy it too.

Dante wrote, “Beauty awakens the soul to act,” which is true.  We all have been witness and perhaps not noticed.  Pay attention.  Stay focused on life.  Watch for beauty.  You will be a better person for it.  If I ever write another book on “ways for a better life,” looking at beauty will be one of those rules.

Enjoying beauty is better than making New Year’s resolutions we will never keep.


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  1. “55 Rules for a Good Life,” on Amazon (link here).
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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I provide one article every day. My writings are influenced by great thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Jung, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Jean Piaget, Erich Neumann, and Jordan Peterson, whose insight and brilliance have gotten millions worldwide to think about improving ourselves. Thank you for reading my blog.

17 thoughts on “Photography and Beauty

  1. Eddie Gilliam

    Excellent article my friend. I love taking pictures. When I go places my camera is out. A picture says a thousand words. My nephew Wayne II and Justina had their 1st baby on Sunday 14th January. I gave them a photo book for the baby shower in November to put the baby pictures in to share with Karter later in life.
    I like to share an article I have posted in my home.
    “Life is like a camera “.
    Life is like a camera 📷. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negative things. And if things don’t work out .Take another shot

    1. Dale Paul Fox

      Got to hand it to Gen. S. about his ability to spot beauty. I’m sure his wife is also beautiful. What else could she be, marrying a man who appreciates beauty as much as he does. Thanks to Gen. Satterfield and his family for what they have done to help make the world a better place.

  2. Yiddy of Macedonia

    General Satterfield wrote, “Enjoying beauty is better than making New Year’s resolutions we will never keep.” And that is the truth.

  3. Otto Z. Zuckermann

    Beauty is beauty and often defies explanation. That is what Gen. Satterfield is telling us. Sometimes, beauty just needs to be admired. We know it when we see it. Despite the crazies out on the fringe of political leftism that think whatever they do and say is beauty, we all know it is a lie.

  4. Jonathan B.

    Gen. Satterfield, thank you for making my Sunday morning a better time. I just went back to read your past articles on “beauty.” There are right on point.

  5. Max Foster

    “Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote in his book, The Idiot (1868-69), “Beauty will save the world.” To emphasize the importance of that point, the famous Alexandre Solzhenitsyn quotes Dostoevsky in his 1970 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. What they meant, I believe, is that while many things are of the highest importance to us such as truth, love, justice, and the classical virtues, beauty is, perhaps, the foremost among them. I think Dostoevsky also meant that beauty is something you cannot walk past without noticing, and beauty can never be taken for granted. You cannot get used to seeing it.” — Gen. Doug Satterfield at his best explaining what beauty is. Maybe he should write a book on this.

    1. Liz at Home

      Wow, well said, Max. Again you get to the heart of what Gen. S. is telling us. Use this info wisely.

  6. American Girl

    Gen. Satterfield wrote an article that is a “must read.” Titled, What is Beauty? it can be found here:
    He notes that his ideas are influenced by Dr. Jordan Peterson and others who write about beauty and what it is.
    …. and it needs mentioning again that Gen. Satterfield is an American Patriot and that is one of the reasons I’ve been such a long time reader of his wonderful blog.

    1. Audrey

      So very true, American Girl. There are many like him left and that explains totally girlie leaders like US Pres Joe Biden and his totally incompetent VP Kamal Harris.

      1. Boy Sue

        Ha Ha Ha …. we could name a few more on the Democrat side that are anti-Democratic.


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