Fine Art Nature Photographer Gregor Schöpf shoots Nature through the lens of Japanese aesthetic sensibility Wabi-Sabi (侘寂).
His Photography aims to capture emotion through the visual language of nature, evoking peaceful contemplation, both saddened by and appreciative of impermanence.
A Japanese aesthetic that derives from acceptance and appreciation of impermanence - the quality of being temporary, brief or fleeting, thereby suggesting the inevitability of ending or dying.
The word Wabi (侘) translates as beauty in the subdued. It describes a quality that is imperfect ("less than"), restrained and simple.
The word Sabi (寂) translates as beauty revealed through the process of time, most notably decay. It describes a quality that is only revealed through the passage of time.
Natural environments and seasons
The panels depict nature - the dimension of physical reality untouched by humans - and are inspired by motifs from the four seasons of the northern hemisphere: Spring (Haru - 春), Summer (Natsu - 夏), Autumn (Aki - 秋) and Winter (Fuyu - 冬).
Tolerance for Decay / Asymmetry / Imperfection
Gensui 減衰 - Hitaishō 非対称 - Fukanzen-sa 不完全さ
Wabi-Sabi (侘寂) has been described by Japanologist Horst Hammitzsch as "the absence of obvious beauty". The Panels comes to terms with things in decay, asymmetrical and imperfect. The aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi (侘寂) finds beauty in the minor and the hidden, the tentative and ephemeral, things subtle and evanescent.
Simplicity is connected with naturalness, the emulation of nature. The panels depict nature. The beauty of simplicity is the result of an awareness that comes from a highly conscious regard of nature.
The focus elements of panels is often the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of a minor element of nature.
Panels contain empty space (Ma - 間) (lit., "gap", "space", "pause") to balance the visual weight of focus elements. This empty space can take the form of darkness, natural shadows or elements deliberately out-of-focus. In traditional Japanese arts and culture, Ma (間) refers to the artistic interpretation of an empty space, often holding as much importance as the rest of an artwork and focusing the viewer on the intention of negative space in an art piece.