Wabi-sabi (侘寂?) represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常mujō?), suffering (苦 ku?) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū?).I had a few pictures to choose between and then I saw these leaves on the walkway near my house and realized that they were just the epitome of the concept. And for once my camera caught them perfectly.
I had taken lots of photos for this "challenge" and was about to send one in when I noticed these lonely deserted, rather dried out leaves. I just took one shot, not expecting much, but when I looked at the photo... I just knew... This is what Wabi Sabi is all about!
Camera: Canon Canon IXUS 145
Shutter: 1/250th of a second
ISO: 100 and below
Location: Shiloh, Israel
"Lonely Leaves" isn't at all popular with the 52Frames crowd...