Giving Beauty Space and Time. Guest Post by Nigel Cowburn

Guest post that I wrote for the “Where and What is Beauty?” series on Exploring Colour -Nigel

Exploring Colour

Any aesthetic experience which leads to a loss of sense of self, a stepping out of time and just being – this is beauty to me. We speak of being absorbed in an experience and it’s as if our self – right down to the molecules – is blending with what we encounter.

blurred_experience_transit abstract.ukla2011.JPGBlending into our habitat

Beauty is as much about giving ourselves the time and head space to simply ‘be’ as it is about our surroundings being rich enough for our absorption. However our places don’t need to be very complex; a single tree shading an ordinary sidewalk suffices. Only yesterday walking during a hot Nor-Wester (a föhn wind) into the shade of a plane tree, there was a sudden stilling of time within the tree-space; I had to turn around and walk back in again to feel the coming together of filtered green light, soft foliage fragrance…

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