“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” - Albert Einstein
An artist, similar to a scientist, works to simplify the complex down to its essence. The Japanese terms Wabi-Sabi and Yugen-bi do the same – they are a way of life, a definition of my aesthetic sense, and an inspiration for my photography.
Wabi-Sabi refers to a way of living that focuses on finding beauty in the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth, change, and decay - it speaks to the inherent beauty in the imperfect, the impermanent, the incomplete, and in the natural patina that comes with aging and longtime/familiar usage. Wabi-Sabi has both aesthetic and philosophical meanings - while Yugen-bi brings the beauty in nature, art, and life, into even finer focus.
What really drives me as a photographer is the search to capture images that convey both Wabi Sabi and Yugen-bi. In fact, my logo’s “Shodo” (ancient characters) are the 3 characters for “yu”, “gen” and “bi”. Yugen-bi refers to the awareness and appreciation of the universe that triggers emotional responses that are too mysterious or deep for words – the experience from nature’s beauty that is subtle yet profound.
As the artist simplifies the complex – I strive to capture images that express the essence of Nature’s subtle yet profound beauty, and to inspire others to see beauty within their lives.