Nothing is Perfect
Like a curious magpie, my eye is attracted by bright and shiny bits. I feather my photographic nest with silvery walls, abstract reflections, flares of sunshine – the modern and new; the sleek and lustrous.
And yet, there is also a strong attraction to the grunge of urban decay – the crumbling and moldering; the peeling and broken; the processes of disintegration and deterioration – subjects which, on the surface, may not seem worthy of exploration. Seeing the beauty in cracked concrete or peeling paint involves an internal process of looking deeper.
In her excellent series, “Urban Decay”, Kim Manley Ort has been exploring this subject in depth. Paired with wonderful images of rust, wood, walls and roads, Kim delves deeply into this topic. She writes: “When our judgments and projections fall away, we suddenly see in brand new ways. What was once seen as ugly or uninteresting or not worthy becomes miraculous.”
One of the artistic concepts that Kim explores is that of wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic described as “beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” (via Wiki-pedia). Wabi -sabi “nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” (Powell, Richard R. (2004). Wabi Sabi Simple via Wiki-pedia).
I like this idea that nothing is perfect and, even more, that beauty can be found in that imperfection.
Thanks to Kim for providing the inspiration for today’s post.
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