Wabi-Sabi

I learned a new term last week on Kim Klassen’s blog- wabi-sabi.  As I understand it, wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic embracing the imperfect, the incomplete- the natural, the simple and unaffected- the moment just as it is.  The perfectly imperfect.  The now. A philosophy for art, living, relationships- I could go on. I love it!

I used that new (to me) term in completing Day 52 of Beyond Beyond.  This lesson gave us a new template for Lightroom and Photoshop and challenged us to print a photo- and use that photo in another photo.  A picture in a picture- which reminds me of the opening of each episode of Modern Family, a show I’ve only discovered in the last few months.  Kim’s example was a picture in a picture in a picture, so I did this too.  I’d like to use this technique again with people- perhaps my favorite models, Miles and Henry.

I chose a Mason jar to photograph, this time with flowers, because of its wabi-sabi-ness! It is imperfect, utilitarian, and simple, and I love it.

mason_jar_layout

2B_wabisabi_ pic_in_picYou might have noticed that my blog has a new look. It’s been well over a year since I’ve made any changes, so it seems like time for an update.  I went back to my original layout with a new header, and made some corrections on my “about” page (it still said it was 2013 and that I live in the San Francisco Bay Area- oooops!). The slideshow is gone, and I have my sidebar back. There are other little changes I want to make as well- after I figure out how to do them.  So what do you think?

11 responses

  1. Oh, I adore wax flowers! Isn’t that funny – they are so simple… and the way you’ve paired them with your jar … fabulous! I think your blog is looking great – I love simple design, and easy navigation!

    April 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

    • Melinda

      I love how you knew they were wax flowers- I had no clue!

      April 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

  2. Susan

    Love it!! Wish we had flowers here….. sigh!

    April 21, 2014 at 5:42 am

    • Melinda

      Trader Joe’s flowers! I buy a small bouquet every week!

      April 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

  3. So pretty Melinda, I love sweet little wax flower and the smell is always so clean and refreshing. Such a good choice for your picture in a picture.

    April 21, 2014 at 6:21 am

  4. stampncml@comcast.net

    nice !

    April 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

  5. So delightful, I love this Photo in Photo!

    April 22, 2014 at 12:46 am

  6. amy

    you stole my heart with this images, I am a aqua blue jar freak!!!

    April 25, 2014 at 8:28 am

  7. Brilliant……love this idea and you’ve done a great job.

    April 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

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  9. Nice series.

    June 11, 2014 at 5:07 am

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