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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Nice idea: Hope these fit the theme. Shot on E-p1 with the 17mm

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Nice idea: Hope these fit the theme. Shot on E-p1 with the 17mm

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Thanks - just right!
 

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I like shots like these, but haven't taken many myself..... thanks for starting the thread....
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another one

I like shots like these, but haven't taken many myself..... thanks for starting the thread....
Great image. Thanks. Here is another I found that fits. From Brighton Pier.
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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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A wonderful thread!

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A wonderful thread!
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.
 

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