Wabi Sabi? Up until a month ago I had no clue as to what that means. I hadn’t even heard the term, and I don’t think I’m alone in this regard. In fact, I see that my iPad happily accepts my spelling of “Wabi” but it wants to replace “Sabi” with”Sami” or “Saab”.
I first heard the term when my local photo club decided to make “Wabi Sabi” the assigned topic for December. I am sure, like me, that many of my fellow club members went right to Google. (And I found out later that December’s judge did as well!)
Even now, I’m not sure I've got a very good handle on this phrase. From what I understand, it is based on a traditional Japanese acceptance of beauty as being imperfect. Terms like “flawed beauty”, “beauty that comes with age”, “patina or wear” came up as I read about this traditional Japanese aesthetic.
I think there is a lot more to this phrase than I’ve indicated above. I believe it gets into the realm of religion, philosophy and religion.
That being said, below is the image I submitted for consideration. The judge liked it too; though he and I might both be entirely clueless.
"Ferns" for the Assignment: Wabi Sabi
Panasonic GX80/85 with Olympus 12-100mm F4 zoom @100mm (200mm equiv)
1/320sec, F4, ISO200
Touched up in Lightroom