Beautiful photos of ugly things

(or, composition techniques by stealth)

(or, name the secret monarch)

There are 13.83 sqazillion photographs uploaded to the Internet every nanosecond. Most of these are ugly photos of beautiful things.

I want to do the tiniest bit to redress this trend by posting some beautiful pictures of ugly things


Bins. Bins are ugly and smelly. They also are regular and geometrical, and line up nicely. Beautiful.


RHS steel. I used to sell RHS steel. It’s usually painted a pleasant blue with coloured paint on the ends indicating its thickness. Beautiful. No, wait, it’s supposed to be ugly. It is, very ugly. But it is strong and solid and contrasts beautifully with inorganic tatters of… whatever that is. Beautiful.

bamboo colours

Bike racks. Bike racks are ugly. Except maybe for these ones.   But colour and blur is beautiful, right? Well, blur is, and if the colour isn’t there’s aways the colour temperature setting to play with when you import the raw file. Always shoot in raw. Beautiful.

Hunter street yellow

Walled up shopfronts in decaying main streets of cities like Newcastle are ugly, right? but lots of soft gradients and mellow colours contrast so well with a few straight edges and dense regions of black. Beautiful.


Couches are OK. They can be ugly (like ours) or beautiful (Like this guy‘s).The only really ugly thing about this couch is that it’s been dumped out in the bush, and that’s a pretty ugly thing to do.  But playing with time using a neutral density filter is fun, and a fuzzy human form is really set off by a little black dog. Like a beauty spot.

Late afternoon, Thomsons Point

Thompsons Point is just ugly. But clouds are OK.


About postdigitalblog

Lecturer in Multimedia at CQUni Wrangler of young kids @ home in Yeppoon Otherwise, photographer and digital media type.
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5 Responses to Beautiful photos of ugly things

  1. bradwynalek says:

    I love your writing style. Almost as if it is exactly what you are thinking. Cheers!

  2. eremophila says:

    I’m curious about the last image – did you use ND filters on that also? Great clouds 🙂

    • From memory, no. IIRC this was shot quite light in the day in lowish light, and since I shot in RAW I could really get the contrast happening. It may even have been HDR. If you click on it and explore my photostream in Flickr around this time there are some other shots from the same shoot.

  3. ken bello says:

    and they are beautiful photos. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder anyway. Great work here.

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