I recently shared a photo on social media of a rusty gate saying that I didn’t know what it was about the photo but I loved it so much. Luckily one of my photography friends on Twitter (Hi Lorraine!) said ‘wabi-sabi’ and after looking it up I was like ‘YES’ and also ‘why didn’t I know this term before?!’.
For those who also haven’t heard of it either, wabi-sabi is the Japanese philosophy of the acceptance and beauty of imperfection. “Wabi” is said to be defined as “rustic simplicity” or “understated elegance” and “Sabi” is translated to “taking pleasure in the imperfect.”
SO many of my photos have this concept about them and now I know, I’m a little bit giddy haha.
So it turns out I’ve been celebrating the perfectly imperfect without even trying all these years. I’m totally starting a new hashtag on Instagram for it - #wabisabionfilm - what do you think??
Camera: Minolta X-500
Film: Lomography CN 400
Location: Around Norfolk, England