Beautiful Ruins

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These photographs were inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Although I wouldn’t say they necessarily fulfill that particular ideal, they are glimpses of the beauty that surrounds us within ruin, glimpses of the ravishing processes of time that we so often fail to notice.

“Beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness. Wabi-sabi is ambivalent about separating beauty from non-beauty or ugliness. The beauty of wabi-sabi is in one respect, the condition of coming to terms with what you consider ugly. Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.”
Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

“Wabi sabi is not a style defined by superficial appearance. It is an aesthetic ideal, a quiet and sensitive state of mind, attainable by learning to see the invisible, paring away what is unnecessary, and knowing where to stop.”
Wabi Sabi – Tim Wong, Ph.D. & Akiko Hirano, Ph.D., “Learning to See the Invisible”