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I delight in colors, textures, and decay which I relate to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is the acceptance of life in impermanence, imperfections and incompleteness. Numerous interpretations and definitions can be found of this Buddhist philosophy that has become an aspect of Japanese aesthetics of embracing imperfections and the simplicity of nature or flawed beauty. Rick Poyner in "No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism" characterizes postmodernism not as an anti-modernist aesthetic but more an acceptance of the world as it is. For me, this is a contrast in our contemporary society approach to youthful beauty, clean modern design and instead is my look at what happens to the built environment with neglect and nature impacting it. Layers of paint like layers of onions or our stories as humans as we age each day, instead of being about a perfection my photography captures the moments of happy accidents and a visual solutions in unintended manifestations that are also about a specific moment in time and place for example the light at just that time of day that I pass by the scene.

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