Who we are and how we see the world is a relative experience of being. Relative to the world scaffolded around us and those with whom we share these varied planes of existence.
Below, a look at the symbiosis of Tiana and Garrett. Partners, lovers and best friends.
What is beauty?
T: Exuding love, understanding and acceptance with eyes closed and mind open. Being the truest version of yourself.
G: Beauty is nature in action.
Where does it come from, where can one find it?
T: I believe that it’s within you always – coming from your uncorrupted mind and then found in maturity through human connection and knowledge.
G: Beauty comes from the earth and life. It lies in the quiet moments between your everyday – moments when you realize that your internal monologue is no longer speaking and you can catch something that makes you feel differently. I don’t think you can find it. Beauty finds you unexpectedly.
“Beauty... lies in the quiet moments between your everyday – moments when you realize that your internal monologue is no longer speaking and you can catch something that makes you feel differently.” – Garrett
How is beauty power?
T: Being able to see the beauty in life and in others is a state of mind that is not attainable by everyone. Feelings of lightness and positivity are often taken for granted.
G: Beauty has the power to change perspectives – even if only for a moment.
How has beauty shaped the world?
T: I find it interesting that we are constantly trying to create beauty – in art, fashion, film, etc. In true human nature, it's something that we want to have control over. So much pressure is put on creation when there is beauty naturally all around us. Not to say that creations coming from the purity of the human mind aren’t beautiful, but things are often forced or can be made with ill-intent.
G: I agree with T, chasing beauty shapes a lot of creation. Separately, beauty is also commonly exploited as a manipulative tool.
How does beauty evolve?
T: With continued learning and acceptance.
G: Beauty evolves as we evolve. We change and begin to notice new moments. It’s a constant discovery.
How is beauty in you?
T: Beauty is in me because I believe in equality and advocate for transparency. Everyone is shaped by their own experiences and it’s so important to share, understand, and accept all other perspectives. I feel a lot – sometimes too much – so I value the moments when I have the space for a connection to others.
G: I think that beauty comes from an observational point of view. It’s hard for me to say that I personally have beauty in me. I think that’s for the viewer to decide.
A beauty ritual or trick you cannot live without?
T: My daily water intake and diet.
How is beauty found in duality?
T: It's beautiful to accept all of yourself – even the parts that you are conditioned to be unsure of. Even the parts that only show when you’re not feeling like you. All of it is you in pure form and that is beautiful.
Does duality exist in you?
T: I wouldn't be me without the highs and lows. A lot of positive movement has come from uncontrollable negativity and pain and I am grateful for all sides of it. I could wish that I was perfectly steady and balanced at all times, but I’m not sure that I would be so capable of connecting with others on a deeper level.
G: Of course. What would a one-dimensional person look like?
Where else have you found duality in the world?
T & G: The intense polarization within our country.
In what ways is duality more becoming than beauty?
T: Duality shows that there is more than one way to be. To become accepting of the inconsistencies and differences in the world is unexpected and pure.
Finish this sentence: “Duality reminds me of…”
T: Swimming against the current.
G: Different pages..
“It's beautiful to accept all of yourself – even the parts that you are conditioned to be unsure of. Even the parts that only show when you’re not feeling like you.” – Tiana
Is there balance in you?
T: My mind is often restless. For me, balance is acceptance. I tend to create rules for myself and have to know that leniency is okay.
G: I feel fortunate to effortlessly feel balanced most of the time. I am able to work through my thoughts when necessary and find it quite easy to feel settled.
How does balance define our lives?
T: It's necessary. Finding an equilibrium allows relationships to form. Without it, we would all be in our own worlds.
G: Balance is comfort and we’re all constantly hoping to get there. We grow and learn the most when we’re uncomfortable.
Where in the world can you find a most harmonious balance?
T: In reciprocal support and understanding among others.
Fill in the blanks: “Balance is to beauty, what _________ is to __________”
T: Beauty is to balance.
G: Seasons are to nature.
TALENTTiana Petrullo: Photographer, Founder of Forme & Sens