“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.”
- Alice Walker
Alice Walker says here exactly what I've always believed: imperfection is perfect and perfection is, well, boring.
It's not always easy to remember, as we strive for excellence, strive to be better, but it is our imperfections that make us the most interesting!
The same goes for photography. You'll find in my collection of photographs that none of the specimens are perfect - always a bug here or a burnt spot there. Symmetry just slightly askew. (If that isn't a metaphor for life, I don't know what is.)
Rather than focusing solely on a subject's flaw(s), I try to consider it an interesting part of the flower's "face" - a mark of being real, living and growing in an imperfect world.
And then they become even more beautiful.