There’s a wonderful book out by Leonard Koren that talks about wabi–sabi. Actually it’s been out for quite a while. You can buy it on Amazon and I heartily recommend it.
The book delves deeply into this quintessential Japanese aesthetic that celebrates the humble, the modest and the imperfect.
I love the idea that simple beauty is all around us. All we have to do is take the time to look closely.
Then again maybe not, but it’s worth thinking about.
In the winter here in Maine it makes absolutely no sense for recreational boat owners to keep their craft in the water. Nobody in their right mind would want to go out for a cruise or a day sail when the wind is howling 30 knots and the temperature is well below freezing. So from about mid-October on, our harbors empty out and all the mooring buoys get taken in. Here are just some of them that dot Rockport harbor in the summer, huddled together on a hillside waiting for spring.
Just one of those lousy grab shot photos that somehow turns out OK. I never could do it again in a million years. The moral here is take photographs, lots of them. Not only do we get better because of the practice but occasionally we get lucky too.
It’s cold out here and the wind slices to the bone. The sun is not quite up and dark clouds scud across the sky. With tourists gone and the windjammers covered up waiting for the really cold weather, the harbor beds down to sleep.
Sometimes an image comes along where it really makes very little difference whether it is presented in color or black and white. This cement plant in Thomaston, Maine is one of them. I originally processed it in color but in the end there was so little of it, some dingey brown vegetation in the foreground was all, I switched it over to B&W to better emphasize its tonality.