Dragonfly, 2007

"Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that values change and the signs of it. And it is a worldview. I am not aware of anyone applying that aesthetic to personal beauty, but wabi-sabi is a powerful way to cleanse the palate and clear the air of hyperbeauty.

Wabi-sabi                                                     

Fresh perception                      

through an observer’s discernment  

Idiosyncratic          

Subtlety                                 

Real

Flawed                          

Appreciation of nature and its effects

Autumn leaves underfoot

Visible wear, use, life lived 

Age is a virtue

Richness

Impermanence

True character

Hyperbeauty

Stale perception

through a consumerist and celebrity-obsessed lens

Generic

Overstatement                                   

Artificial

Perfect                                    

Debasement of nature and its effects

Golf course

Eradicated wear, use, life lived

Youth and its affectations are privileged

Poverty and craving

Changelessness          

Fluff"

 

Text copyright 2019 by Joanna Frueh
Photographs copyright 2019 by Frances Murray
All photographs depict Joanna Frueh.
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Unapologetic
Beauty
BY
JOANNA FRUEH
PHOTOGRAPHY BY
FRANCES MURRAY
University of Minnesota Press
Minneapolis/London, 2019
This site is a preview of the writing
and photographs in Unapologetic Beauty