Trio of Modest Beauty

“I am selfish, but that’s an attribute that all artists possess.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

Trio of Modest Beauty

Trio of Modest Beauty

I selected the above quote because the image reminds me of three young girls in a tiff.  The one in front, standing with her arms crossed is the selfish girl.  The other two have turned their backs to her in disgust at her unwillingness to compromise.

Modesty Forfeited

“I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn’t. And that’s a tough place to be because you’re never satisfied.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

Modesty Forfeited


Modesty Forfeited

I recently posted two blogs which included images of Calla Lilies. The blogs can be found here (Her Majesty) and here (Intertwined).  After I shot the images of the Calla Lilies and began the editing process, Robert Mapplethorpe and his views on life and photography came to mind.  I did not do a proper Calla Lily series, but will be posting several more images from the shoot , all of which,  give mind to Mapplethorpe and his gifts to the art of photography. To learn more about Mapplethorpe, visit The Robert Mapplethrope Foundation website.

I think I mentioned in one of my previous posts that in the Language of Flowers Calla Lilies represent either modesty, or magnificent beauty, a reference to the title of this image.

The Leaves of a Messenger




And fascination.


Or a heart felt confession.



Or infidelity.

All can be me,

Just ask which color and you will see

How I can change thy path

When the message is chosen,

And I am delivered  to the one thou hath.

copyright Robyn Graham

The Leaves of a Messenger