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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Lily of the Incas

How do we perceive beauty? Without alteration, the image of the flower and its distortion create the truthful abstraction of beauty. This may parallel personal beliefs about the beauty of oneself and the beauty we perceive in others. In the reflection, the flower remains a flower. Perfectly. I ask as you contemplate this image, observe your own reflection. Are you not inherently beautiful?

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Date Taken: 07.2019
Date Uploaded: 07.2019
Photo Location: Los Angeles , California, United States of America
Camera: N
Copyright: © Kavina LaDean