Wabi sabi

侘寂

According to the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, “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”.

Tea cup and maple leafThis is my first Japanese tea cup. In its simplicity it is so special to me, because when I bought it I felt like I was holding a bit of Japan in my hands. I drank so much tea from this cup, but with the passage of time it started to crack. It is dying, like an autumn leaf, and the thought that it may break at any moment makes me cherish it even more…my beautiful cup.

My constant desire to insert elements of nature in my work had been satisfied with the wabi sabi task. I felt this concept was close to me. Nature is wabi sabi, we are surrounded by it. Taking a picture of a bare maple tree at the end of autumn was my first idea; however, I wanted this image to be more personal and deep. I believe my outcome is a good example of wabi sabi, not only because of the subject captured in the photograph, but also because of the calm and humble atmosphere of the image.

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