In Praise of Imperfection

Simple black and beige outfit - Bold Bliss

Black button-up wool cardigan, denim skirt and pumps - Bold Bliss

Black outfit and beige bag - Bold Bliss

Looking around the corner - Bold Bliss

Black denim skirt and suede pumps - Bold Bliss

Black formal outfit - Bold Bliss

Jumping in black suede pumps - Bold Bliss

Black button-up wool cardigan-7

Vintage Cardigan (similar here, here, and here) | Noisy May Skirt (similar here and here) | Asos Pumps (similar here and here) | Vintage Bag (similar here and here) | Forever 21 Necklace (similar here, here and here)

 

I met a wall in Seville. A modest wall. It belonged to the baroque Capilla de San Jose, Calle Jovellanos 10. The chapel had a lot of elaborate and eloquent details, but the wall didn’t say much. Its only words were cracks and scars, peeling paint, blots and stains. And that was what I fell in love with.

One questioning glance from my side was enough. The wall started glowing in the afternoon light, showing the glory of its imperfection, throwing off the seeming blandness and predictability of its daily appearance. It turned into a singer or a dancer who invited me for a duet. In the back of my mind I heard the words of Ben Okri: “Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.” The wall had many stories to tell. In short, I couldn’t resist the opulence of so much imperfection and took part in the duet. What do I need to say more? Look at the wall. Listen to its stories. And lend your ear to my cardigan. The Ben Okri quote applies to it as well. It’s another family treasure, at least forty years of age and laundry shrunk it to two thirds of its original size. Do not laugh at the short sleeves. Its flaws give it a novel shape and beauty that make it the equal of any creation in the collections of my favourite designers.

Hope you hear our song. Hope you enjoy our dance.

 

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23 Comments

  1. The late Mark Rothko August 30, 2015

    Dear Bold Bliss,

    You and that wall: a historical meeting indeed. And a joyous one. During my lifetime I adored walls like that, but in my opinion each human being appearing in front of them was a Fremdkörper that destroyed their mystery. I thought that flat forms in their loneliness had a way of revealing truth. Now, being where I am, I know I was mistaken. And you prove it with your photos: the girl passing by (is that you?) intensifies the wall’s wallness. And the wall reveals the mysterious truth of the girl.

    I used to discuss such topics with, among others, my friend Barnett. Where are the starry summer skies under which we raised that kind of metaphysical questions and found and rejected answers to them? Where are you, Barnett? What is your opinion on the matter?

    The late Mark Rothko (1903-1970), American painter

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    • The late Barnett Newman August 30, 2015

      Well, Mark, first of all, I would have verticalized the scene. But this is a detail because I am always free to do so by horizontalizing my head. For the rest you are right. I share your admiration. And do you know why the images works so well? Because of the bag! Look at the particular truth of that bag and you will see that it is a subtle ‘trait d’union’ between the wall and the girl. So much so that it is impossible to say to whom it belongs more: to the girl or to the wall.

      Deeply impressed.

      The late Barnett Newman (1905 – 1970), American painter

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    • The late Jackson Pollock August 30, 2015

      Holy shit! Mark and Barnett! What are you talking about, guys? Fremdkörper, mystery, truth, the wall’s wallness, trait d’union, verticalizing a scene, horizontalizing your head? I do not understand a word of it. The only thing I know for sure is this: that wall needs dripping! Instead of a bag that girl should swing a set of brushes dipped in black and white and all colours of the rainbow.

      The late Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956), American painter

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    • The late Mark Rothko & Barnett Newman August 31, 2015

      Listen, Jack the Dripper!

      Don’t you (or anybody else) dare touch that wonderful wall!

      Forget about the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
      Forget about the New 7 Wonders Foundation list
      Forget about the Top 7 of the MoMA Masters.
      They are all peanuts.
      This modest wall leaves each of them far behind.
      It is one of the 7 Wonders of the UNIVERSE.

      Killing it with ink spots or stripes would be a universal act of barbarity.

      Please, Jackson, be a good boy: go and play some harmless video game.

      The late Mark Rothko (1903-1970) & Barnett Newman (1905 – 1970) , American painters

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  2. Kamila August 28, 2015

    Wow, amazing photos !!! I’m absolutely in love <3

    http://simplethingsbiginspirations.blogspot.com

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  3. Bing August 28, 2015

    Awesome post,great photos and outfit,you’re an inviting writer,,like a book that I refuse put down.

    1st time to visit,so let me say Hello there?
    xoxo my name is Bing.

    http://www.bingyourstyle.com

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    • Bold Bliss September 2, 2015

      Thanks dear! I checked out your blog too :)

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  4. Lyana August 28, 2015

    Very cute skirt, the denim instantly makes it so much more casual :)

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  5. Heidi Kokborg August 27, 2015

    I just loved these photos! Especially the one where you are jumping and all you can see is your pumps! Amazing!

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    • Bold Bliss September 2, 2015

      Haha, it took a lot of shots to get that one right ;)

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  6. Heba August 26, 2015

    Creative photos and nice outfit!

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

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  7. Marissa August 26, 2015

    The photos are beautiful, and I love what you write! Such a fan of your blog x

    http://www.theshabbysuitcase.com

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  8. Nicole August 26, 2015

    Ooph! You’re brave for jumping in heels like that!

    Great outfit also :)

    Xo
    Nicole
    http://www.pinkpencilskirt.com

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  9. Bronwyn August 25, 2015

    I am so in love with your outfits and how you shoot your photos :O xx

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    • Bold Bliss September 2, 2015

      Thanks! So glad to hear it :)

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  10. Zarrah August 25, 2015

    Lovin’ the material of your outfit today.
    So vintage and chic look

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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  11. Cristina August 25, 2015

    You managed to capture the beauty of the wall both with your photos and words. Love it! I agree with the comment above, the jumping shots make it really fun and I must say you are brave! I wouldn’t dare to do that in high heels ;)

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

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    • Bold Bliss September 2, 2015

      That’s such a thoughtful comment! Most people tend to comment on the photos – I always love it if people comment on the writing too! Thanks :)

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  12. Susan & Nina August 25, 2015

    Thank you for making a humble wall and a humble cardigan sing and dance for me. We sent the link to all of our friends.

    Susan & Nina

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    • Bold Bliss September 2, 2015

      Glad you appreciate the music and the dance :)

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  13. elisha mae I wear this? August 25, 2015

    this blog is amazing! the design, the images and what you write are sooooo dreamy.
    love this little den on the internet.

    xelisha
    http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

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    • Bold Bliss September 2, 2015

      Thanks so much! I’m really glad to hear that :) Your blog is lovely too! I really like the desaturated look of your photos – they have such a unique style.

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  14. Petite Maison of Fashion August 24, 2015

    Ah I love jumping shots – they’re so fun and make the outfit pop

    xoxo,
    petitemaisonoffashion.blogspot.com

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