Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. it is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional. ~ Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers
For me, the concept of wabi-sabi is alive in autumn. When the leaves begin to turn and you can see at once both buena vida and the onset of death’s decay, it is wabi-sabi. It’s the curled brown edges in contrast to the still-vibrant green of the leaf reminding us of summer days just past and winter days almost here. Photography as an art medium makes it possible to capture the impermanence of a wabi-sabi vision and preserve it as a reminder of time’s fleeting touch.
But wabi-sabi is also part of the art process. No matter what medium you use — even photography — the image is never perfect and it is often in its imperfection that its beauty is revealed. I was walking on a wooded trail near the ocean. The trail was darkly dappled and then I came upon this small shaft of light illuminating a single fallen leaf and I felt the presence of wabi-sabi. So, while this photograph is not technically perfect, it is perfectly wabi-sabi.
What reminds you of the wabi-sabi aesthetic? Post your thoughts or images and share your vision of wabi-sabi.