In my first post on the Imperfect Project I gave a quick overview of what all this is about; in short, it is all about the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi.
In this post I want to share with you another shot from last weekend, actually from the same location. While making my way to the water’s edge of the Elbow River I came across some smaller ponds that were fed by the melting snow and ice all around. On first glancing at these I didn’t see anything that was seemingly worth my time, but then, as I got closer, I spotted something green. On closer inspection it turned out to be this beautiful aquatic moss. Despite it being an unexpected find I didn’t take a photo, well, not until I was on my way back to the car, and I am glad I did.
This is a great example of wabi-sabi I think, as it is something that looks vibrant and unusual when you are stood looking at it, but taking a photo of some rocks and moss does not sound like a recipe for a perfect shot. However, it is often the mundane, every day items that make great subjects.
One aspect of wabi-sabi is the acknowledgement of three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. With that in mind, almost everything around us fits into one, two, or all three of those realities.