Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sunset to Sunrise
The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge: Birds In Colour and Mono
Terri’s Sunday Stills: The #Textures of Our Lives
A random selection of stuff without any order or reason, just stuff with texture.
Monday Window Photo Challenge: November 30 2020
Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Read or Red
or maybe this is for you
The Lens-Artists Challenge #125: You Pick It
This is an interesting challenge due to Tina’s opening inviting us into the challenge with “This week it’s all up to you – you get to choose your subject and to share whatever it is about it that you find interesting. Personally, I’ve chosen last week’s introduction to the concept of Wabi-Sabi, particularly as it relates to art and photography, as my topic.“
Wabi-Sabi has me intrigued as my initial though was to just bung up a couple of flowers and say I picked these.
But no, I had to go down a bit of a Wabi-Sabi rabbit hole of discovery. This definition was quite good “Although Wabi-sabi can be hard to define, we can translate its simplified meaning to “rustic simplicity” or “understated elegance” with a focus on a less-is-more mentality, while “taking pleasure in the imperfect”.”
When looking for Wabi-Sabi perhaps “Wabi-sabi is a cracked and glued together ceramic bowl (check the concept of kintsugi); a funnily shaped, home-grown tomato; a dinner created from leftovers; falling cherry blossom; a worn wooden hallway and an elbow patch on your favourite jumper. Therefore, it’s an appreciation of all that is simple, modest and imperfect. Yet, loved deeply.”
So where to from here. Want to find out? Let’s have a go at my interpretation of Wabi-Sabi through a photographers eyes
I added this one for a bit of Zen fun
Wabi- sabi and Zen
Wabi-Sabi’s roots lie in Zen Buddhism, which a Chinese twelfth century monk (Eisai) brought to Japan. Zen stresses austerity, communion with nature, and above all, reverence for everyday life as the real path to enlightenment. To reach enlightenment, Zen monks lived ascetic, often isolated lives, and sat for long periods of concentrated meditation.
In Zen philosophy, there are seven aesthetic principles in achieving Wabi-sabi:
Kanso — simplicity
Fukinsei — asymmetry or irregularity
Shibumi — beauty in the understated
Shizen — naturalness without pretension
Yugen — subtle grace
Datsuzoku — freeness
Seijaku — tranquility
Thanks Tina for taking me to Japan and back for a while
Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
In contrast to the northern Winter, here in Australia Summer approaches. While the days have been warm in the next few days the temperatures will be rising. In parts of my state, New South Wales, today temperatures are estimated to be in the low to mid 40’sC so it’s heading to 104F plus for the next few days. At least at my place it’s only 32C on the verandah but in the sun it’s rather warmer.
CBWC: Close Ups