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February 19, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Sycamore Shadows

third in the wabi-sabi set

third in the wabi-sabi set

Greatness exists in the inconspicuous and overlooked details. Wabi-sabi represents the exact opposite of the Western ideal of great beauty as something monumental, spectacular and enduring. Wabi-sabi is about the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral: things so subtle and evanescent they are invisible to vulgar eyes. ~Leonard Koren

A different way of seeing an Arizona Sycamore tree. Shadows. Leaves. Bark.

Another photograph from my archives, taken in October last year, at Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, north of Phoenix.

10 Comments

  1. Laurie / Feb 19 2009 6:26 am

    Well seen shot. The play of light and shadow on the bark is very interesting.

  2. Anna Surface / Feb 19 2009 7:37 am

    Shadows, how they lay and play, attract me, and are hard to capture. This is a lovely capture, Bo, because of the light and dark along with the patterns. Very pleasing. I really like the quote, indeed, especially the last part: “…the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral: things so subtle and evanescent they are invisible to vulgar eyes.” 🙂

  3. suehenryphotography / Feb 19 2009 9:09 am

    Oh how I agree with the previous comment — shadows are hard to capture.

    I think I want to read more about “Wabi-sabi;” a new concept for me.

  4. ybonesy / Feb 19 2009 9:53 am

    I love this series, Bo. I had not heard of the tradition of Wabi-sabi, but it strikes me as a perfect practice for writers and artists.

  5. Marcie / Feb 19 2009 10:30 am

    Great eye! Love the surface texture and the play of shadow and light.

  6. Debi / Feb 19 2009 2:37 pm

    Again, exquisite. Thanks, Bo.

  7. ankush / Feb 19 2009 5:31 pm

    interesting wabi-sabi set!

  8. quinncreative / Feb 19 2009 6:40 pm

    Lovely. The shadows are perfect, as is the tree, and the combination is well, OMG, if I say perfect, it’s not wabi-sabi. Well, then , it is transient. THERE! that makes it wabi-sabi again.

  9. tomwhelan / Feb 21 2009 2:35 pm

    Fine angle on the shadows and trunk – nice DOF as well.

  10. Gandalf / Feb 22 2009 2:10 pm

    I agree with Tom W. Nice shot.

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