Wabi sabi is a Japanese 'philosophy' and refers to a typical type of beauty. It's the beauty of the imperfect, the old, and the common. The opposite of slick and seamless. The term itself can't be translated literally, but it roughly translates to "rusty" or "imperfect beauty".

What does this mean in the context of photography? It means that we're going to photograph everyday objects and environments that typically go unnoticed by most people. By being mindful and noticing everything around you, you can often find fascinating details with a real story behind them.

Look at ordinary shapes and colors, get up close and notice details. Find impermanent or decaying subjects and think about what the story behind them could be. Find imperfect patterns in nature or on walls,...

You can also purposely move your camera a little to create a motion effect, use uncommon camera settings, and even add imperfections to your scene on purpose to tell a story.

Obviously, this topic is quite broad, so it's going to be a personal interpretation of what you consider 'wabi sabi'. If it's not immediately clear to the viewer, make sure to explain it in your title or description.

If you want to learn more about Wabi Sabi, have a look at this article.

This contest was suggested by Olga.L.

Good luck!

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Implements of the Rustic Kitchen created by MyMindsEye

In the middle of nowhere, in a rundown shack, on a shelf in the pantry, sits the tools of the Chuckwagon Cook who would serve up tasty grub daily to hungry hardscrabble miners. You can almost smell the coffee, the beans, rice and skillet cornbread, and of course, BACON! That's my story...what's yours?

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Blue created by Olga.L

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New Orleans Still Life created by LunaC

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Post No Bills created by LunaC

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Wabi Sabi created by Olga.L

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Life Contribution created by Velya

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Into the Light created by Olga.L

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I'm still standing created by LunaC

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3 sisters created by Olga.L

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Pillar of the Community created by LunaC

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Waiting created by Olga.L

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The Skeleton on which you Sleep. created by MyMindsEye

Feel free to imagine your own Wabi Sabi story. :-D

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Wabi Sabi Kintsugi created by Zizounai

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Old Kettle created by Vibeke

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Oldguard created by Hightree

The wooden fence may be old, decayed, but it remains in place, still standing upright and doing its guard job which started years ago, rain or shine.

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Its corner of the Universe created by Hightree

Old, out of date, but gives a "perfect" light which otherwise darkness reigns.

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Two for the Price of One created by photonut

two discarded boats in crete

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A Sweep in Time created by Wayne-Cheah

How it used to be.

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Split Banana created by LunaC

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Relics of Yesteryear created by MyMindsEye

Once upon a time, soda-pop came in 12oz bottles and cases of 24 would be delivered to stores and gas stations in these wooden crates. The Business Owners would return these to the vendor for reuse. Over time, this reutilization contributed to the patina that now-er days is desirable in decorating. Think of all the hands that have touched and handled these crates year after year until their retirement.

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Just before extinction created by Velya

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Iron will created by Hightree

An old lock from a century ago, perhaps not perfectly burglar proof, but not an easy target either, otherwise it would have been replaced a long time ago.

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Cowbell created by denlig

...or when the bell is bigger than the cow !

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Function over Form created by Hightree

It does the job. Nothing else matters.

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Shipwreck created by photonut

This is part of a hull of an old shipwreck in a museum in kyrenia in cyprus it is approx 2300 years old and was discovered in the sixties and recoverd in the seventies

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Old Lamp created by photonut

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Toasted created by MyMindsEye

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Wabi silver Sabi gold created by Zizounai

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Unspecified specimen created by Vibeke

Small tired rose in old vase

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Antique porcelain Teacup. created by Vibeke

This teacup was handpainted by my grandmother in 1924. The wear and tear make it more precious as it shows she used. it.

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Damaged Tree created by photonut

Taken down by the sea after a storm had uprooted this tree

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Skool Daze created by MyMindsEye

What color will it be this year?

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Yuubare created by Zizounai

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Cracking "me" up. created by Skyangel

Imperfection with a few subtle hidden meanings. A japanese friend of mine said the crack is shaped a bit like a Kanji character which means big. It's not quite perfect but almost there. The term "Cracking me up" can also mean someone is making you laugh a lot. I hope it at least makes a few of you smile as you imagine some big person making a pavement laugh as they walk over it. I imagine cracked up pavements must have heard and seen many funny things in their lifetime. What about you ?

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Fossils in a step of a an old stone staircase created by denlig

Many people have walked on it without even noticing it.

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A broken boat that has been left in the mud and is covered when te sea comes in

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Dark eyed baby-sabi created by Zizounai

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Just add wall created by Wayne-Cheah

Midwife of Colors

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Pro version of Gmail ;D "INDIA POST" 167years of service. created by Goldlens

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