Looking for Yesterday

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in essays, Taiwan | 3 Comments
Looking for Yesterday

This essay is loosely based on the Japanese expression wabi-sabi; the acceptance that nothing is finished, nothing is perfect, and nothing lasts forever. A philosophy derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence. We hold our memories, possessions and loved ones tight while times trick plays out. The Phil Ochs song "Changes" is a beautiful tribute to this thinking.

Scenes of my young years were warm in my mind
Visions of shadows that shine
'Til one day I returned and found they were
The victims of the vines of changes

--Phil Ochs

location: Pingtung City, Taiwan
date: January 2014

These photographs were captured in an old abandoned Japanese house. The structure was in very poor condition with a tree growing through the roof. We were only able to explore the first level because the staircase leading upstairs had collapsed.


  1. Posthumous
    August 8, 2014

    such sweet desolation! it dances

  2. Aldo
    August 30, 2014

    I love this series, it’s such a nice surprise to get to the last slide, and to realize you have been walking with her, peering and exploring.
    And your black and white is always meaningful, glad I stumbled into this.

  3. JIn jin
    August 31, 2014

    Simple also complex, sad also sweet, dark also bright, walking into yesterday also walking into tomorrow.

    Very nice.


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