Today I read an article that hit such a chord with me, I had to share with you guys. The piece was focused on a Japanese concept known as Wabi Sabi. Have you ever heard of it?
Essentially, this philosophy celebrates the beauty of imperfection in our lives. It finds joy in the cracks in life, and simultaneously encourages us to focus on the goodness hiding in our everyday routine. It appreciates life the way it is, rather than the way it ‘should’ be. It embraces the messy imperfections of life.
In today’s world (and I am so, so guilty of this) it can be so easy to get caught up in the endless pursuit of ‘what’s next’, unrealistic expectations, and comparison. Which, let’s be honest, doesn’t do good for anyone, but is such an easy mindset hole to fall into.
So maybe you didn’t check off your whole to do list today. Maybe you didn’t make it to the gym (again). Maybe that project you’re working on ended up being a total flop. Or maybe you’re just not quite where you think you should be. But that’s life! The messy bits. The ‘oh crap’ bits. The bits that don’t go according to plan at all.
If you can relate to that, maybe embracing wabi-sabi is something to try incorporating today. It’s just a gentle reminder to slow down, and accept and embrace things the way they are. And it gives you the permission to be you, just the way you are...
Messy imperfections, and all 🖤
“Get close, go wide” is a popular technique in wildlife photography. It captures the animal significantly large in your frame, while also including the environment you found it in. It is almost impossible and unsafe get so close to wild elephants from a safari vehicle, or on foot, so how did I manage to do this?⠀
I managed to get close to this baby elephant by waiting patiently in an underground hide. I was lucky that a few elephants decided to walk past me, between the hide and the waterhole, creating an ideal opportunity for me to use my wide angle lens. From the hide, which is a steel container, I was perfectly safe even with the elephants less than two meters away from me.⠀
This opportunity gave me the chance to point my wide angle lens at the scene, carefully composing to fit the baby into the frame while keeping the horizon level. With the sun from behind, the light was good, and all I had to do was to use a slightly smaller aperture of f/8 to get all of the elephant in focus. With my ISO already set at ISO 400, the 1/400 sec shutter speed that the camera produced in Aperture Priority was perhaps a fraction too slow for this fast moving animal, so I was lucky to get it that sharp. In hindsight I should have doubled my ISO to 800, which would have increased the shutter speed.⠀
Photographic hides that offer these ground level views, like the ones at Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve, are excellent for a low angle perspective where you get into the world of the animal, rather than the top-down view from safari vehicles. Some animals also choose to get close to you, which offers a great opportunity for the photographer to take advantage of the “get close, go wide” technique."⠀
Text and photo from @isak.pretorius⠀
Ritorno verso “casa” e cucino insieme al ragazzo che mi ospita, prepariamo una tajine di pollo e verdure, quando ecco che apre la porta il suo coinquilino con due amici al seguito. Uno, il più minuto, è probabilmente prossimo alla sessantina, l’altro, un omone alto e scuro entra in cucina, apre il sacchetto col ghiaccio e tira fuori da una busta una bottiglia di whisky.
Si siedono in sala ed iniziano a bere mentre allattano 4 gattini, di appena una settimana di vita, che sono stati abbandonati dalla mamma. No, dico, voi riuscite ad immaginare la scena? Questi 3 uomini dal volto rude, coi bicchieri pieni di whisky che prendono in braccio i gattini e danno loro il biberon col latte? Io facevo fatica a credere ai miei occhi.
Seguono lunghi dialoghi in un misto di inglese, francese, arabo e spagnolo sul Corano (sì perché nonostante bevano e fumino sono musulmani, musulmani illuminati!), sulle somiglianze con la religione cristiana e scambi musicali di un certo livello (sono riuscita a portare Tommy anche in Marocco!) oltre che tentativi di coinvolgimento in vendite in Italia di francobolli antichi.
Ma quanto cuore serve per amare il mondo? 🙂
Day 10: Today was kind of a dud. Bought the wrong bus tickets, got off the bus to see the Torre Vasco da Gama just to find out it's closed, visited the National Azulejo Museum, found out that Jesus was super ripped, had the best spit-roasted piri-piri chicken (hands down probably one of the best chicken dishes I've ever had), walked past the Elevador de Santa Justa and decided I didn't want to stand in line to ride it to the observation deck, saw the Arco da Rua Augusta and the Praça do Comércio, found the famous pink road in Bairro Alto kind of anticlimactic.