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.
Fine Art Nature Photographer Gregor Schöpf shoots Nature through the lens of Japanese aesthetic sensibility Wabi-Sabi (侘寂).
His Photography blends elements of abstraction characteristic of Fine Art Photography with the documentary quality of Nature Photography, striking an equanimous balance between the two disciplines.
Beauty in the imperfect ("less than"), restrained and simple.
Beauty revealed through the process of time, most notably decay.
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
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 found in the emulation of 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.
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.