In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Wabi connotes a humble nature, as well as imperfections that bring uniqueness to an object; sabi connotes beauty through an impermanence. Diamond’s exploration of the concept connected particularly with his photography and love of found objects, in which he had long celebrated the overlooked, ordinary, and ephemeral (as well as less directly his work as a healer with patients and students). Wabi-sabi in his work therefore refers to the understanding that everything and every person is both Extra-ordinary (capitalized, and with the hyphen) and impermanent.
Timeline: Diamond began exploring the concept in his writings and lectures in 2014.
– and yours –
each in its own way.