Wabi-sabi is not found in nature at moments of bloom or lushness, but at moments of inception or subsiding.(Leonard Koren)

The concept of wabi-sabi is to be ok with not being perfect. I took a walk to take photographs and to discover the beauty of broken things. The idea came from the Artist’s Rule.

I photographed cracks in the road, fallen leaves, and weathered paint. I was used to autumn leaves being scattered by a brisk wind. These leaves rested in a circle. Wabi-sabi shown in the disintegration of autumn leaves in stillness.

My favorite picture consisted of peeling paint and a green plant in early morning winter light. Memories came of the people who lived in this house. She passed away here in quiet hospice care. He was consumed by dimentia.

I left my daughter with them when my son was born. Years later this man shared with my son what it was like to be a Soda Jerk. The woman always had a card honoring birthdays and wishing people good health. My family spent hours on this driveway with this home of peeling paint.

I discovered that in ugliness there is the beauty of what was. The stories of time passing — A large tree shedding leaves, many cars passing to break the road, sunlight peeling paint. Like a well-worn sweater that’s hard to give up because it feels right, wabi-sabi gives the space for ugliness to bring beauty. Also, to allow imperfection in one’s art.



~ by fiberverse on December 17, 2012.

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