Writes Roby Lazar, "Sometimes when we travel and explore new worlds, we discover hidden subject matter, different creative techniques and new approaches to image creation. These moments of epiphany then invite us to pursue and refine our search for producing new work. One such form of artistic philosophy that I have started to explore in my photography is the traditional Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi.
"Wabi Sabi can be described as a concept, centred in the Japanese psyche as a way of understanding how we fit into the world around us. There is no prescriptive definition, but rather a sense of seeing and adapting to the suggestions of WABI SABI what Wabi Sabi is. In photography, it can be seeing the old and the imperfect in nature, where the imperfect transforms into a state of becoming the perfect in its own right. It is a philosophy of observation and acceptance of the innate perfection in the world."
"Asymmetrical compositions or slightly blemished objects become a part of the photographer’s acceptance of the beauty of the imperfect in what we photograph. The leaf which is discoloured, the clay pot that is cracked, the flaking paint on a wall and the rust on an old car body, are examples of man-made or natural features that are sometimes seen as being imperfect.
There is no right or wrong interpretation or implementation of Wabi Sabi, but it is important to gain an understanding of it and be open to its general principles so it can influence our photography."
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