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show "wabi sabi" - finding beauty in imperfection

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by manju69, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    I have been meaning to start a thread that i hope gets added to, on the Japanese term Wabi Sabi

    Some quotes to get you started (not written by me)

    Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death.


    It's simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not glass. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came.


    The words wabi and sabi do not translate easily. Wabi originally referred to the loneliness of living in nature, remote from society; sabi meant "chill", "lean" or "withered". Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.


    Only the first these photos is taken with a :43: camera (E-PL1 and 45-200) so I added two more to add to the topic, both from Kochi Island, Kerala India.
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  2. pancake

    pancake Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 10, 2010
    UK south East
    Nice idea: Hope these fit the theme. Shot on E-p1 with the 17mm

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24789061@N04/6023068252/" title="Church door by Monkeh!, on Flickr"> 6023068252_dc9c529dfa. "375" height="500" alt="Church door"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24789061@N04/6046558438/" title="Balance by Monkeh!, on Flickr"> 6046558438_f888f6afd8. "500" height="375" alt="Balance"></a>
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  3. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Thanks - just right!
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  4. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I like shots like these, but haven't taken many myself..... thanks for starting the thread....
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lukinosity/4936632384/" title="rusty hardware by Lukinosity, on Flickr"> View attachment 185118 "640" height="640" alt="rusty hardware"></a>
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  5. PENpal

    PENpal Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 15, 2011
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  6. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    another one

    Great image. Thanks. Here is another I found that fits. From Brighton Pier.
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  7. aria

    aria Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    Rome, Italy
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tokaplanet/6240213300/" title="equilibratura elettronica di stefano aria, su Flickr"> 6240213300_0329fb1222_z. "640" height="480" alt="equilibratura elettronica"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tokaplanet/6123656417/" title="Enel n° 4 di stefano aria, su Flickr"> 6123656417_ae79ef42a2_z. "640" height="480" alt="Enel n° 4"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tokaplanet/5973355871/" title="Ritratto femminile. Fine II - prima metà III secolo d.C. di stefano aria, su Flickr"> View attachment 185177 "640" height="480" alt="Ritratto femminile. Fine II - prima metà III secolo d.C."></a>
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  8. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
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  9. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States

    Posted in another thread:
    View attachment 185183
    Young and Old by 0dBm Imaging, on Flickr
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  10. red

    red Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 21, 2010


    [ design by Stig Lindber - Sweden ]
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  11. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vftsai/5910329604/" title="P1040630 by V-F-Tsai, on Flickr"> 5910329604_842c654348_b. "1024" height="684" alt="P1040630"></a>
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  12. adelorenzo

    adelorenzo Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 9, 2011
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Thought of this thread when passing this today:

    Attached Files:

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  13. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 13, 2010
    I've noticed this as an underlying theme of mine when I go for walks around urban areas, especially those familiar to me. It's nice to put a name to the theme.

    I believe I've shared most of these elsewhere, but this is their home.



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  14. petronius

    petronius Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    A wonderful thread!

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  15. sLorenzi

    sLorenzi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 15, 2010
    A very nice concept.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/slorenzi/6348276595/" title="Loneliness por sLorenzi, no Flickr"> View attachment 185291 "640" height="480" alt="Loneliness"></a>
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  16. johnyates

    johnyates New to Mu-43

    Aug 30, 2011
    Saskatoon, SK
    E-PL2    OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II    20mm    f/7.1    1/160s    ISO 250

    Rural Saskatchewan
    E-PL2, kit lens
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  17. manju69

    manju69 Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Stroud, UK
    Thanks, your image was like a Rothko painting... and thanks for all of the other wonderful images - keep them coming! I am keeping my eyes out now for this theme as I walk around, and will post more.
  18. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
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