Rotterdam Photo

Hiromichi Matsudaira

Concept of Wabi-sabi

Experimenting with the Japanese aesthetic concept of wabi-sabi, the photographic eye crystallizes decaying objects, weathered surfaces, or aging landscapes serendipitously found on the streets of Tokyo to capture fleeting moments and the beauty of imperfection. In photographs, this can be achieved through the use of minimalist compositions and a restrained color palette; the textures, patterns, and unique character that emerge from weathered surfaces, rust, or peeling paint evoke a sense of appreciation for the ephemeral nature of life, capturing decay, the passage of time, and a sense of impermanence. By removing unnecessary elements, the images embody the essence of the subject and convey a sense of tranquility to the viewer. 

The oeuvre is not about achieving perfection; but celebrating the beauty found in imperfection, impermanence, and the simplicity of life, searching for small details, mundane objects, or overlooked scenes that possess a certain charm or uniqueness. By applying these principles to street photography in Tokyo, I am able to create images that convey the essence of wabi-sabi and tell stories of the unique aesthetics that lurk throughout the city of Tokyo.


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