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03/04/2013 09:13:27 PM · #1
I looked up Wabi sabi on the internet under images, and It came up with a whole set of different images, than the photo's that did well in this challenge in 2007, I'm wondering who is going to be treating this as a FS, I know I won't be, thoughts please ;)

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03/04/2013 09:21:04 PM · #2
Originally posted by Neat:

I looked up Wabi sabi on the internet under images, and It came up with a whole set of different images, than the photo's that did well in this challenge in 2007, I'm wondering who is going to be treating this as a FS, I know I won't be, thoughts please ;)


yes, i'd agree. based on google search for "wabi sabi photography", most of the images in the previous Beauty In The Everyday challenge were definitiely not what "wabi sabi" seems to mean.
03/04/2013 09:33:51 PM · #3
Originally posted by mefnj:

Originally posted by Neat:

I looked up Wabi sabi on the internet under images, and It came up with a whole set of different images, than the photo's that did well in this challenge in 2007, I'm wondering who is going to be treating this as a FS, I know I won't be, thoughts please ;)


yes, i'd agree. based on google search for "wabi sabi photography", most of the images in the previous Beauty In The Everyday challenge were definitiely not what "wabi sabi" seems to mean.


yes to me, it's more about home design, I could be wrong though!
03/04/2013 10:23:06 PM · #4
Originally posted by Neat:

yes to me, it's more about home design, I could be wrong though!

No way!

Originally posted by wiki:

Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence specifically impermanence, the other two being suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature.

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

...........

Simon Brown notes that wabi sabi describes a means whereby students can learn to live life through the senses and better engage in life as it happens, rather than be caught up in unnecessary thoughts. In this sense wabi sabi is the material representation of Zen Buddhism. The idea is that being surrounded by natural, changing, unique objects helps us connect to our real world and escape potentially stressful distractions.

In one sense wabi sabi is a training whereby the student of wabi sabi learns to find the most simple objects interesting, fascinating and beautiful. Fading autumn leaves would be an example. Wabi sabi can change our perception of the world to the extent that a chip or crack in a vase makes it more interesting and gives the object greater meditative value. Similarly materials that age such as bare wood, paper and fabric become more interesting as they exhibit changes that can be observed over time.


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03/04/2013 10:33:44 PM · #5
ok thanks Robert, should of done more research, but it can pertain to the home of course, but to many other things out in the big wide world, thanks!
03/04/2013 10:34:39 PM · #6
Originally posted by Neat:

ok thanks Robert, should of done more research, but it can pertain to the home of course, but to many other things out in the big wide world, thanks!

You might have been thinking of feng shui?
03/04/2013 10:37:13 PM · #7
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by Neat:

ok thanks Robert, should of done more research, but it can pertain to the home of course, but to many other things out in the big wide world, thanks!

You might have been thinking of feng shui?


No not really, I just punched up Wabi sabi and went to images and a whole lot of interior decorating pic's popped up!
03/04/2013 10:38:22 PM · #8
and a few outdoor nature shots as well!
03/04/2013 10:41:15 PM · #9
It's a very nebulous concept for a Westerner, for sure. I doubt many pictures that hold true to the essence of wabi sabi will score well...
03/04/2013 10:42:00 PM · #10
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

It's a very nebulous concept for a Westerner, for sure. I doubt many pictures that hold true to the essence of wabi sabi will score well...


Sigh...

And yet I shall try. Foolish me.
03/04/2013 10:45:00 PM · #11
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

It's a very nebulous concept for a Westerner, for sure. I doubt many pictures that hold true to the essence of wabi sabi will score well...


yes I can see that happening, and predict another low scoring challenge, sigh!!!

But I will give it a try, actually working on something right now.
03/04/2013 11:03:41 PM · #12
I'll buy your drinks all night if you eat the whole dollop.
03/04/2013 11:06:37 PM · #13
Originally posted by bohemka:

I'll buy your drinks all night if you eat the whole dollop.


ROFL - that took me a minute. Never make this offer to me, unless you like buying drinks - wasabi is totally candy to me, especially with pickled ginger.
03/04/2013 11:22:20 PM · #14
Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by bohemka:

I'll buy your drinks all night if you eat the whole dollop.


ROFL - that took me a minute. Never make this offer to me, unless you like buying drinks - wasabi is totally candy to me, especially with pickled ginger.

Let's keep this on the table if ever our paths should cross. Would be fun and photo-worthy.
03/04/2013 11:25:00 PM · #15
Originally posted by bohemka:

Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by bohemka:

I'll buy your drinks all night if you eat the whole dollop.


ROFL - that took me a minute. Never make this offer to me, unless you like buying drinks - wasabi is totally candy to me, especially with pickled ginger.

Let's keep this on the table if ever our paths should cross. Would be fun and photo-worthy.


:)

Any time man, any time - I love GTG fun.
03/04/2013 11:41:47 PM · #16
I'm a wasabi afficionado myself, or anything wildly hot... Include me in on the fun?
03/05/2013 12:06:12 AM · #17
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I'm a wasabi afficionado myself, or anything wildly hot... Include me in on the fun?


ROFL. You are the man, even a fellow lover of the piquant/pungent.

By the way, this reminds me, I really do intend to make it out to see you and Penny, this time I'll give you more warning so we can actually work something out. ;)

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03/05/2013 02:38:58 AM · #18
Nice description of wabi sabi here: //www.nobleharbor.com/tea/chado/WhatIsWabi-Sabi.htm

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03/05/2013 03:01:58 AM · #19
Originally posted by paulsteven:

Nice description of wabi sabi here: //www.nobleharbor.com/tea/chado/WhatIsWabi-Sabi.htm


Beautiful read. And I discovered that I am wabibito in my approach to life - to the point that I'm known in my family for being equally happy with $10,000 or $0.10 ..

I love the process of things, it's not about the flavor of the bbq, it's about the process. It's not about the tea, but rather about the experience of tea.

..

In light of this illuminating article, and excellent challenge suggestion, I will not only try to deliver an image that is Wabi / Sabi , but is also created in a manner befitting the desired result.

Thanks Paul, that was the best part of my day.
03/05/2013 03:23:23 AM · #20
Originally posted by paulsteven:

Nice description of wabi sabi here: //www.nobleharbor.com/tea/chado/WhatIsWabi-Sabi.htm


Thanks Paul I did see that as well before you posted it, and thought I might post it as well, but you beat me to it, it's lovely~
03/05/2013 05:09:28 AM · #21
Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by paulsteven:

Nice description of wabi sabi here: //www.nobleharbor.com/tea/chado/WhatIsWabi-Sabi.htm


Beautiful read. And I discovered that I am wabibito in my approach to life - to the point that I'm known in my family for being equally happy with $10,000 or $0.10 ..

I love the process of things, it's not about the flavor of the bbq, it's about the process. It's not about the tea, but rather about the experience of tea.

..

In light of this illuminating article, and excellent challenge suggestion, I will not only try to deliver an image that is Wabi / Sabi , but is also created in a manner befitting the desired result.

Thanks Paul, that was the best part of my day.


Yes, I only read part of it cause I'm too ADD to be wabisabi, but I found it lovely as well. I spent many years "planning" to be happy - only recently have I been able to (mostly) be happy where I am, which is in a mediocre suburban house driving a 9 year old minivan. I'm still working for my 100 acre farm and dually but if I don't get them it's (mostly) okay with me. And maybe when that time comes I'll find something with more meaning to me then land and a truck.
03/05/2013 05:34:50 AM · #22
It is not exactly wabi/sabi, but check this video out - it's pretty awesome.
03/05/2013 11:41:29 AM · #23
Originally posted by Cory:

I really do intend to make it out to see you and Penny, this time I'll give you more warning so we can actually work something out. ;)

Lovely. I have a bottle of liquid fire I have been saving...
03/05/2013 12:51:44 PM · #24
For someone like me, who found the history of wabi sabi fascinating, but all I could think of were pictures of tea cups ;-), may be looking for a more practical approach to get some inspiration. This is quite a nice article and I found the 12 ways to practise wabi sabi at the end particularly useful.
//www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/wabi-sabi-zm0z11zvau.aspx?page=3#axzz2MfrsBiDI
03/05/2013 02:21:54 PM · #25
I'm reading all the links, thanks to all those who are posting them. Wasabi is wonderful, too.

I have my doubts about my ability to grasp the meaning of wabi sabi. I am, after all, a baby boom American. But I was sitting here in my lazyboy thinking about it when I had this flash of...I don't know what. The closest American thing to wabi sabi is a pair of jeans, lovingly & carefully worn out to the thickness of tissue paper, clinging to the body like wet silk, the torn places never mended, showing a flash of knee, or pocket hem or underwear. We love our jeans. The more worn out they are, the more cherished.

Or, how about a man's wallet, curved to fit after years in his back pocket, the corners blunted by time, the pockets filled with memories.

I got bored with the lopsided teacups & chipped pottery. Even a rusted out old wreck of a car is more interesting than that.

One cheerful note--wabi sabi is not a landscape!

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