“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring”, this famous quote by Marilyn Monroe has stirred all perception about beauty. Yes, beauty was never about a perfect face, a perfect smile or perfect place. In fact, there’s no such definition of perfection. If observed, everything in this world is imperfect and that’s what we call beauty and that’s was grace is all about.
Here are few photographs uploaded by The Photo Society that celebrates the imperfectly perfect places and person by capturing them in the project named, Wabi Sabi which is a way of seeing the world that is at the heart of Japanese culture. It finds beauty and harmony in what is simple, imperfect, natural, modest, and mysterious.
“Tranquil simplicity,rustic elegance,imperfect beauty…these are qualities that wabi sabi embraces.” Wabi Sabi: the Art of Everyday Life, Diane Durston
“Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else.Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.”– Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
“It is only with age that you acquire the gift to evaluate decay, the epiphany Of Wordsworth, the wisdom of wabi-sabi: nothing is perfect, nothing is complete, nothing lasts.”– Paul Theroux
“The beauty of wabi-sabi is rooted in modesty that is elegantly perceived. The aesthetic pleasures of wabi-sabi depend on attitude and practice as much, or more, than on the materiality itself.”– Leonard Koren, op.cit.
“All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:Praise him.”– Gerard Manley Hopkins quoted in the Daily Good
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