Fleeting explores the Japanese Zen Buddhist Philosophy of Wabi-Sabi.
Wabi-Sabi is the celebration of things imperfect and impermanent, an embrace of the natural, unrefined, rustic and melancholy. Within its teachings, it holds ideas about simplicity, naturalness and the acceptance of reality; it shows us that nothing is fixed and everything is fluid, what is beautiful is also ugly, and what is perfect is also imperfect.
Within photography, a subject always needs to be present; a tangible object within a space that must be in front of the lens. Yet, with philosophies like Wabi-Sabi, the opposite is dealt; evoking within us a sense of realization and awe that, while intangible, feel so substantially real. It comes barreling toward us like a train—this feeling of sublimity—and just like that, with a snap of a finger, it leaves. In this sense, Wabi-Sabi, like all philosophy, eludes us, its meanings and concepts slipping through our grasp like fine grains of sand.
I want to delve into the concept of Wabi-Sabi, making tangible its intangible notions and bringing to the surface an understanding of it.
Within these empty spaces, time passes, memories fading as it makes room for new experiences. Just as the seasons change, so too, do the moments we create.
How fortunate we are to have lived within this short span of time.