In a past post
I brought up Wabi-Sabi . . . Wabi-sabi is a Japanese word and as wikipedia describes: “Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō)
I have begun to realize that as I look through my camera’s lens I am seeing wabi-sabi. It is the stopping moment, the appreciation of the everyday, the second of seeing without thinking forward. Yesterday I took picture after picture, and as always, felt immensely grateful I don’t have to now develop a million photographs to catch that one picture that feels settling to my eyes. Wabi-sabi through the lens as follows . . .
The quaintness of pinto beans and dominoes . . .
Small hands . . .
Cloth mats. . .
Morning light . . .
A five-year-old’s toes . . .
The awe that same five-year-old feels when a giant moth lands squarely on her arm . . .
The moth itself . . .
The bent sunflower filled with seeds . . .
The careful picking . . .
Seed after seed . . .
Together . . .
New seeds ready to eat, something I had never done before . . .
So perfectly packed it makes you have to wonder . . .