侘寂 WABI-SABI

This series of photographs takes a conceptual look into the Japanese philosophy of 侘寂 (wabi-sabi). Wabi-sabi primarily focuses on the celebration of imperfection in nature and the world that surrounds us. It is a concept that can be defined by multiple characteristics: asymmetry, modesty, simplicity, intimacy. It embraces the reality that nothing is permanent and sees beauty in the wear and tear and decay that time brings. The photographs intend to illustrate the content and feeling of partnering haiku; a form of wabi-sabi in literature, translated from Japanese originals by 18th century Japanese poet, Kobayashi Issa. Each haiku focuses on feelings of loneliness and seclusion. The photographs evoke subtle imperfection, whether it’s feelings of insecurity and defect present in the self-portraits, a missing gem in a necklace or buttons off a dress sleeve.

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