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Perfect Imperfection

By LynneJoyce  
For RonnieAG and all the other brave souls who dare to break the rules!

I’m really rather fond of imperfection,
Rusty stuff and things beyond their prime,
Stuff that’s gone way past the point of perfect
Showing evidence of life and use and time.

That flake of rust, that curled up, drying petal,
That wrinkled face, that figure past it’s best,
That dog with the soft eye and greying muzzle,
All of them pass the ‘been around here’ test.

There’s charm and history within a ruin,
The antique dresser’s dents all testify
To lives and loves well lived within its lifespan,
Beneath the old cracked mirror’s seeing eye.

Perfection is a mite intimidating,
An aspiration very few achieve,
That leaves us with an awful sense of failure,
Perfection’s quite destructive I believe.

So let’s stop striving to achieve perfection,
And make imperfect quite respectable,
Lets celebrate the worn out and the damaged,
That way we’ll make the norm acceptable.

© Lynne Joyce 26.01.2013

Tags: General Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals

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11 Jun 2013 8:52PM
No 7 should be uploaded on its own, it is beautiful............but it is lost amongst all the others, quite a few deserve to be on their own...............IMHO........SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
11 Jun 2013 8:54PM
Lynne -- what a fantastic series. Each of these would be a great solo upload. I'm loving them all.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
11 Jun 2013 8:59PM
I like some of your irregular plants-- sports if you will,

a grand collection of imperfections-- all working together with your title!
Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 9:00PM
Wow Lynne, what a brilliant series and what beautiful words to go with them. Superb.
Lovely set Lynne, great composition on all.
V7 is a favourite

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
11 Jun 2013 9:10PM
There is still beauty there although most are past their prime: I agree with Julia re. V 7 and the other favourites for me are V 5 and 11.
And what a selection to serve up all at once.
boov Plus
3 2 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 9:13PM
Absolutely superb collection.. in particular the two buttercup shots... staggering, havn't seen better of this flower....
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
11 Jun 2013 9:18PM

Quote:No 7 should be uploaded on its own, it is beautiful............but it is lost amongst all the others, quite a few deserve to be on their own...............IMHO........SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Thought provoking words, yes we all strive for perfection, but to what avail.........great set of images.........
Tish1 Plus
3 16 2 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 9:35PM
All are excellently presented and I think all could equally stand alone.

johnke 3 223 15
11 Jun 2013 9:54PM
Lynne these are all special, this is a fantastic series and obviously took lots of time to do a special presentation like this, absolutely ingenious ..John
johnke 3 223 15
11 Jun 2013 9:55PM
Dam I don't have a UA Lynne sorry. But if I had it would be yours.....John
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
11 Jun 2013 9:58PM
Absolutely beautiful and I love the poem!SmileSmileSmile
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
11 Jun 2013 10:15PM
This is a stunning series of 'perfect ' Imperfection!!

Tremndous work!! So many could stand alone!! Super!!
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
11 Jun 2013 10:29PM
Plus perfect, present indicative, Lynne, but I fear it's making you a bit tense GrinGrin


(ps... love those buttercups Smile)
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 10:49PM
First let me congratulate you on your poetry and the truth of your words.
I'll be the first to admit that I'll clone out a non quite perfect part in a flower
or overhanging branch 'spoiling' an image and here you've shown us imperfect flowers
but with perfect presentations nonetheless!
V7 works so well, but I wouldn't have seen that for myself.
I love V8 with that quirky frame. V9 is a good example of not tryin gtoo hard to find a 'suitable' vase
and in V12 I'm still looking for imperfection!!!!
gwynn56 4 87 England
11 Jun 2013 10:52PM
nice series
GarrathE 8 4 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 10:57PM
V8 & 10 for me as these are very different borders for you.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Jun 2013 12:42AM
10 and 11 and the first one for me, v8 is also very well presented. Well actually it is the poem that gets the UA Tongue no i just can't decide SmileSmileSmile
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
12 Jun 2013 1:01AM
Wonderful set Lynne and all worthy of their own upload but V12 stands out for me.


jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
12 Jun 2013 5:36AM
The pose in v2 is special, a great set of images

CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
12 Jun 2013 5:49AM
A stunning set of images, Lynne, and wonderful words, superb work. Carol
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
12 Jun 2013 5:57AM
How can one pick a favourite here Smile Excellent photos Lynn - perfect in every way Smile As far as I know we do not have these buttercup flowers in South Africa - I have never seen them before - just love the white with tinges of yellow Smile
pks 12 2 England
12 Jun 2013 7:19AM
lovely i like v1 the best
johnke 3 223 15
12 Jun 2013 7:23AM
Hi Lynne sorry I did not have a UA yesterday. I could not sleep until I made this right, I hope you dont mind. Your set was outstanding, Regards...John
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:43AM
How very true your words are, a superb collection Lynne and thanks for sharing.
12 Jun 2013 7:48AM
But whose rules????????
A great set yet again....
No favourites
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:48AM
There is a wealth of philosophy here, Lynne, and it has a strong appeal.
If you want me to choose a favourite I'll go for V5, which has other connotations of course.
W.S. Gilbert dealt with the subject in a lighter vein, in the duet between Ko-Ko and Katisha in The Mikado and elsewhere: people take some convincing but they cotton on in the end.
Lots to think about; superbly done.
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 8:02AM
Oh how I agree Lynne but I could never put it so eloquently, let alone in poetry. I love to photograph botanical grot - your words once to one of mine I think! Superb work and if I had to choose, I'd go for v7.
12 Jun 2013 8:48AM
Well written words of wisdom, Lynne!
A veritable feast of photographic images, all thoughtfully arranged and well taken.
They are to be looked at, enjoyed and learnt from.

It's a Wow, or should I say all those are wows, Lynne you have outdone yourself today what a brilliant set of shots and what beautiful words to go with them, I have only one to say. SUPERB. Congrats on the awards with many more to come I feel.
xwang 7 55 8
12 Jun 2013 11:42AM
A wonderful set, I'm not going to pick any one, because they are all equally beautiful! Great work.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
12 Jun 2013 11:55AM
I agree with your sentiments entirely Lynne.We live in a far from perfect world so why should we strive for perfection in our pics ?
I have a little theory that after spending most of my working life in the steel engineering industry,everything had to be PERFECT and with no tolerance for error.Now that I am retired,perhaps I am rebelling with my liking for all things rusty,grotty and imperfect !! And as for rules ?Well,--I certainly think they are made to be broken !!
Long live the revolution !!
12 Jun 2013 11:56AM
fine work Lynne and a lots of it V7 stands out for me

TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
12 Jun 2013 12:30PM
I think some of the words in that poem could relate to me! Wink A superb set, Lynne, and I'm with the above, and really like V7. But the whole collection deserves my UA...Smile
Trev Smile
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 4:21PM
You do spoil us with all these wonderful images, thank you Lynne.
12 Jun 2013 5:56PM
What a great find and title for V1 Lynne, heading up this fine set, well done.

John Smile
Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 68 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 7:02PM
Amazing stuff !!!!
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 8:02PM
V3 is my choice, I enjoyed reading your prose and have enjoyed viewing the set
13 Jun 2013 4:21AM
Brilliant set of images Lynn!!!! I love all of them! And I quite agree with you .... we too often overlook the exquisite beauty in things from "the test of time" I wish I could give a UA for each image! suberb job!
Brenda Smile
Astounding floral presentation, Lynne. No one can ask for better clarity. I feel they are right on my desk top. - Raja.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
14 Jun 2013 1:37PM
I love this collection. And beginning and ending with those beautiful buttercup shots too Smile

I too love what's often looked at as imperfection and Joline told me of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi which I fully embrace.


PS Ooo...not just the shot but I LOVE the frame you used in V8!
Ayoob 5 Australia
17 Jun 2013 12:48PM
Brilliant set of images lynne - like them all very well taken and presented -very well done.....GrinGrinGrin
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 5:27AM
Brilliant set Lynne and who decides what is perfection ???SmileSmileSmile Keep up the good work.
18 Jun 2013 5:00PM
Wonderful set of images, so well presented + great imperfection poem to bootGrin
Regards Brian
tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2013 10:07AM
15 votes from me. Sad
24 Jun 2013 2:58PM
Un trabajo maravilloso. me gusta el titulo.
AnnJ Plus
5 5 Scotland
25 Jun 2013 1:21PM
A brilliant set, yet again. Love V1. Ann.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
28 Jun 2013 11:22PM
Fifteen fabulous images Lynne and a fine poem to accompany them, worth a vote for that alone
10 Jul 2013 12:16PM
Today, I have carefully reviewed your gallery ... I'll be brief: Bravo! ...and thanks for sharingSmile
Regards Valery
eagle1955 4 1 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2013 1:10PM
a very nice piture of flowers great lighting and love the framing perfect
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 1:41AM
Wonderful images, great title!
Favorites: V1, V3, V7, V15 Grin
19 Jul 2013 9:19AM
Only just looked at this collection. Great title and images, super presentation. Nice work
30 Jul 2013 10:06AM
Hello, I see some people only take birds or butter flies but you take lots of things, hope I can be like that! this is very nice and I agree with what you say! hope to learn, Camellia.Grin
You are wonderful in composition with great processing and all fifteen are excellent. It's very hard to make a choice. Excellent work well done Lynne.

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