A pile of old, aged books.

I came across my first new phrase as part of the 52Frames challenge last week: Wabi-Sabi. On the website, it’s described as a “celebration of things (and people) that might have lost their original beauty, might even be viewed as imperfect, yet are still beautiful and meaningful.”

Coming up with a photo subject wasn’t quite as difficult as I expected it to be when I first saw the theme. It didn’t take much thought for old books to come to mind.

These ones were owned my either my grandparents or great-grandparents. As I said in the description I submitted for the site album, “they’re frayed, water-stained, and clearly aged, but they’ve spent their lives loved and cared for.” I consider them beautiful in their own right.

Which means I’m quite happy the Wabi-Sabi theme prompted me to photograph them.

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