Quiet, unassuming, subtle. 

This work is about finding beauty in things that don’t demand attention, things that only demonstrate their allure when one stops and takes the time to admire them. I wanted to explore a kind of beauty that can be personal and idiosyncratic. This work is not only a pursuit of aesthetic appeal, but an exploration of a feeling. 

My work was largely inspired by the Japanese aesthetic and philosophy of Wabi-Sabi. It is based on the idea that everything is incomplete, everything is imperfect and everything is impermanent. It calls for acceptance of that fact and asserts that these qualities are a source of beauty. Wabi-Sabi places great emphasis on nature and it’s cycles and processes. Leonard Koren writes that it “is about the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral: things so subtle and evanescent they are invisible to the vulgar eye.” He also describes things Wabi-Sabi as things that "inspire a reduction of the psychic distance between one thing and another thing; between people and things."

These two phrases resonated with me and were loosely in my thoughts when making this work.  


Captured on 4x5 black and white sheet film

All photos © Caroline M Bailey. All Rights Reserved.