“There is a crack in everything, that’s how light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese word that roughly translates as ‘imperfect aged beauty’. It is a philosophical way of thinking and living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and to try and accept the natural cycle of growth and decay. Wabi Sabi can be found in the everyday, the imperfect.
Everything is in a state of transition from or to nothingness. The only thing certainty in life is that we will all (eventually) die.

1. Nothing is finished
2. Nothing is perfect
3. Nothing lasts

Wabi-Sabi photography, then, can be said to be noticing and capturing this beauty. You can challenge yourself to find beauty in the most ordinary places, (you don’t need to be in exotic lands to get good images) and appreciate your imperfect, yet meaningful images. Memories don’t last forever; maybe this is why we take photographs. We try to stop “forgetting” by making images that we hope will last forever. The small things in life are the things that bring you happiness and this can be shown in our images. There can be an endless variety of subjects- you can use macro or go up close filling the frame create abstract images of patterns and texture already present.

Nothing can be perfect.

To be shot and submitted between 1 – 30 June 2017. Submission deadline is 30 June 2017 23:59 UK Time. The winner will be announced on 2 July 2017 together with the theme of new the challenge.

Tips and Inspirations:

British Journal of Photography: Sarah White Celebrates the Accidents of Analogue

Pinterest: Wabi-Sabi

Touching Stone: Learning to see the invisible

The winner of this Challenge is William Thompson

This is a super Portrait. There is an obvious collaboration between sitter and photographer. Will gained Mickael’s trust very quickly to feel comfortable to remove his make-up and have this very relaxed, strong and equally sensitive portrait. The angle of Mickael’s face, the use of light and the choice of closed eyes emphasises his skin condition and Perfection in the Imperfection. Fantastic.

Submission Deadline

30 June 2017, 23:59 UK Time

  • All submitted images will be assessed on the basis of creativity, technical quality and coherence with the theme
  • Save your image as JPG with 3000px on the long edge and highest image quality setting
  • Submit a short 3 line text you want to publish together with your image that describes you idea
  • Submission is limited to one image per photographer and monthly challenge
  • You must sign up for the LIoP Challenge in order to submit your image
  • Submission deadline is 30 June 2017, 23:59 UK Time.