twelve ensō

 

The selected images in this series continue my exploration of the Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi.  Wabi-sabi imparts a reverence for simple beauty and an appreciation of the effects of age and wear. Wabi-sabi also recognizes the natural imperfections in our world. Tied to Zen Buddhism, wabi-sabi promotes a mindful investigation of one’s environment. My intent visual exploration of worn and blemished surfaces reveals an unseen beauty through the form and texture of the subject to evoke a pure, subtly spiritual response from the viewer.   

 

The ensō (circle) is a sacred image in the Zen school and is a common motif in Japanese shodō calligraphy.  Zen artists often begin by creating an ensō as a way to focus and open the mind to the creative process.  The twelve ensō from this series were photographed at a single location in Nikkō, Japan in July 2013.

enso12
enso12

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso11
enso11

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso10
enso10

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso8
enso8

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso7
enso7

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso6
enso6

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso5
enso5

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso4
enso4

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso3
enso3

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso2
enso2

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom
enso1
enso1

twelve enso series, 2013

press to zoom