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
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.