are you familiar with the term? i had heard of it but was thinking in terms of a japanese restaurant or something like that… the japanese part turns out to be correct but i was totally unfamiliar with the true meaning of this word until i encountered it in the creative photographer (love this book!)
here are some phrases from catherine anderson’s description of the term:
aged things of overlooked and imperfect beauty
things that are on their journey to disintegration
things that have been weathered and worn
details in the grain of old wood, patterns of rust, veins on an autumn leaf
intrigued (and feeling this was right up my alley!) i did some more research. the concept has a long and interesting history and quite a few nuances of meaning:
accepting the natural cycle of birth, decay and death.
simple, slow and uncluttered – reveres authenticity above all
celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time,
weather and loving use leave behind.
it’s a mind-set – living modestly, learning to be satisfied with life as it can be
once we strip away the unnecessary, living in the moment.
sounds good to me…hard to believe i haven’t discovered this before!
so shortly after reading about all this, i found myself at the salton sea – pretty much wabi-sabi heaven!! this place continues to attract all kinds of looky-loos and photographers. it’s because the whole wabi-sabi nature of it is so fascinating! history, decay, disintegration and lots of behind-the-scene stories… every time i come here i’m struck with it but now i actually know what to call it!