Thursday, July 16, 2009

buried treasure

in response to seth's call at the altered page, i offer some re-posts

kind of blue: jan 5 2009







but then
i remember
places i've been
lucky enough to
experience...











and people i've had the privilege of meeting...



march snow: march 02 2009
























wabi sabi: may 13 2009



i'm reading a lovely and profound book
by andrew juniper. it is mainly about wabi sabi,
but touches upon many aspects of
japanese culture.





when i first learned about this
japanese aesthetic closely related to zen
i realized that much of what i shoot
and find beautiful can be thought of as wabi sabi.





juniper insists that it is impossible
to translate the subtlety and scope
of wabi sabi into english
yet he attempts it this way:

"wabi sabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world. it is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in the impermanence of things."

andrew juniper, wabi sabi - the japanese art of impermanence


digital pollock-ish: march 27 2009





30 comments:

  1. Wow--those are all so beautiful. The one of the snow covered reeds at the edge of the pond just carries me away. And thanks for reminding me about wabi sabi. The concept does indeed fit your aesthetic. What an amazing eye you have.

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  2. i remember them all and am happy to gaze on that snow today!

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  3. These are all treasures!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I have to say I was breathless at your blues. Amazing!!!

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  4. lovely, lovely. one of my buried treasure posts today was titled wabi sabi. it is a beautiful coincidence.

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  5. Wonderful pics and hey I also have had blue as a topic on my blog today. But my buried treasure is about picturing.

    Greetings from LaWendula

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  6. Taking the Buried Treasure tour! Your blog is great!! I will explore some more. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Artful Blessings,
    Kathryn

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  7. nice pictures thanks for taking us touring..the blues were especially vibrant!

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  8. Very nice! I love your trees and berries and berries especially. I feel inpisred to do a colour themed post myself now too!

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  9. I was simply blown away by your photography. I was especially fond of the snow drift shot through chain link fencing. It is haunting and geometrical at the same time.

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  10. Such stunning photos. You have a great talent for catching a great image. I will definately have to visit often for more.

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  11. you picked snow? I am aghast, but the images are beautiful, but summer is already fleeting, brrrr I don't even want to think about snow!!

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  12. these are utterly gorgeous and i'm so glad to be spending my evening cruising the "buried treasure" posts. yours truly is wonderful treasure indeed! your snow, shadows and shades of blue are breathtaking.

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  13. Wonderful pictures! Just lovely. And the snow cooled me off this hot July night in Oregon. It's 10 p.m. and 74 F. Not a usual night for us. - Jeanne

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  14. I started following your blog and it was great to see some more or your photos. They are great.

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  15. What wonderful shots and great inspiration. I love the photo of the leaf shadow on the bark, subtle brilliance.

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  16. whoa - this is great stuff...just great stuff...will be back. regards

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  17. thanks so much to everyone who's visited and commented and special thanks to seth for suggesting this archaeological project.

    i'm getting caught up in so many new and wonderful blogs it will take some time to plunder them all.

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  18. Wow, your snow pictures blow me away! Great photography!

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  19. What a wonderful post. I love to subtle changes of your color palate from your beautiful blue to the brown sepia colors and then continue to fade out. I'm not very familiar with wabi sabi but i love the concept through your words" wabi sabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world. " Just beautiful.

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  20. This was soo worth spending the time to see, the photos are stunning. Thank you for taking the time to repost them. I will definitely be back! The book must be popular as I have come across references to it often in the past month or so! Wabi sabi seems to be everywhere!

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  21. I see a real resonance here between you and Jill Zaheer. I love the way the colour blue mutes out to white. You have a very beautiful and important blog here. Thanks go to Seth for introducing us.

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  22. what a fantastic eye for photography you have! I am sooo glad that Seth put out this call ... and even happier that you chose the treasures you did. thank you.

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  23. All are amazing, but since I'm partial to blue..
    the first bunch made a peace wash over me.
    Shine on, Lisa

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  24. So cold ( some of the pictures)
    so beautiful ( all of them)
    what a talent and a clear eye you have!
    see you soon

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  25. Beautiful images! Blue and wabi sabi Reminds me of a magic moment last August listening to some inspiring music and I went outside to be greeted by a full moon and danced with my shadow at midnight. Thank you for the memories and your lovely post.

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  26. Eye like your photos. Eye am photo challenged so they are so much more than fabulous to me. Eye just wanted you to know Eye was here too!

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  27. so many wonderful comments, so little time.
    i'm slowly....s l o w l y...making my way through your blogs. until then, thank you so much for visiting & leaving word...

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  28. Extraordinary set of posts. Such a great eye you have for both composition and color. And you know how much I love your wabi sabi pics -- they were highlighted in my Inspiration Station! Thanks so much for being a part of this collaboration!!

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