All things Old are Beautiful again..
 
This morning at 9:30 at Georgetown, SC. I decided to get out my cameras and shoot some Shrimp Boat images before I had to open a Co-Op gallery that I am a partial owner of.  The Shrimp  Boats are a subject that are very dear to me and I visit them every chance that I have.
 
They are for the most part all falling into decay.  The market for local salt water shrimp is almost not enough to support the boats.  With the import of fresh water farm shrimp the local fisherman are being forced out of business and the result is the condition of the boat and companies… A very sad state of affairs.
 
Wabi-Sabi
 
The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi, as described in Brainpickings, “connotes a way of living that finds beauty in imperfection and accepts the natural cycle of growth and decay.”
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
From an engineering or design point of view, “wabi” may be interpreted as the imperfect quality of any object, due to inevitable limitations in design and construction/manufacture especially with respect to unpredictable or changing usage conditions; then “sabi” could be interpreted as the aspect of imperfect reliability, or limited mortality of any object, hence the etymological connection with the Japanese word sabi, to rust.[citation needed]The Japanese kanji characters:
 

(sabi, meaning rust)
 
and

(sabi, as above)
 
are different, as are their applied meanings, yet the original word (pre-kanji, yamato-kotoba) is believed to be one and the same.
“Wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty and it occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West.”  ”if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.” “[Wabi-sabi] nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”
The words wabi and sabi do not translate easily. Wabi originally referred to the loneliness of living in nature, remote from society; sabi meant “chill”, “lean” or “withered”. Around the 14th century these meanings began to change, taking on more positive connotations.[1] Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.
 
For me and what I consider to be “Fine Art Photography”, the concept of Wabi-Sabi fits like a glove in regards to the shrimp fleets.  I watch them over the span of time, capturing them again and again.  The one thing that stands out above all is the fact that they like everything else will fall into decay… both physically and financially, but faster.
Shrimper Mary Margret in Georgetown, SC
Shrimp Fleet, Swan Quarter, NC
830 NM Infrared
Miss Debbie, Englehard, NC on the dock
Shrimp Fleet, Swan Quarter, NC on a open sky day...
Dena Marie, Englehard, NC
High Rider, Shrimp Boat in Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC
Leica M 240 with the 90mm Macro Elmar lens
 
 
Stormy Seas...
Leica M Monochrom with the Tri-Elmar set at 16mm and the Franken-Viewer!
The stillness of the water is amazing in the early morning.
The DInghy Dock, Georgetown, SC
Leica M Monochrome with the Tri-Elmar at 16mm.
The Odd Float...
Leica M Monochrome with the Macro Elmar 90mm
OK Folks... Meet the "Charlotte Marie", a long liner in Georgetown SC.
 
This is the first SERIOUS test of the new Fuji X100S with Kolari's Dual Spectrum conversion with the B+W 093 830nm IR filter installed.
 
Decay on the dock... Film, Eastman Double X
Sun In the Rigging, Georgetown, SC.  
This just might be my favorite image of all time!
Stormy Seas with the  Leica M 240 and  Elmarit M  f/2.8 lens.
This shrimper is out of Georgetown, SC
"The Wheel House Bell"
 
This single image shouts out the use of decay as art.  It is my favorite image of the entire portfolio.  The hand print on the window seems to suggest fear while out at sea at some approaching wave.  We can only wander what was going through the captions mind..
 
This is an Infrared Image.
"Fuga City", a sail boat on the hard.  Taken with the  Leica M 240 and  Elmarit M  f/2.8 lens.
Capt James in Swan Quarter, NC
"Stormy Seas", the long view taken with the  Leica M 240 and  Elmarit M  f/2.8 lens.
Capt Dennis, Georgetown, SC
Shrimp Boat Plainer Boards
The Garden Boat
Shrimper Winds Of Fortune, Charleston, SC
Mc Clellanville Fleet in South Carolina
This image is so busy that everytime I look at it I see something new.
"Stormy Morning", a working shrimp dock in all of its decaying glory.
The Breakfast Meeting...
Magic City
Tar Baby, Swan Quarter, NC
The Forgotten, Swan Quarter, NC
"Wonder Woman", Swan Quarter, NC
Shrimp Boats and Crab Pots, Swan Quarter, NC
Stromy Seas Detail, Georgetown, SC
The Shrimp Boat Graveyard, Georgetown, SC
Capt Andrew & Friends, Mc Clellanville, SC
Wheel House Details, Georgetown, SC
Haily Marie, Nags Head, NC
The Shrimp Boat in Infrared, Mc Clellanville, SC
"Lady Evelyn" Georgetown, SC, Infrared
Winds Of Fortune, Shem Creek, Charleston, SC
"The Cleat", Georgetown, SC
Shrimp Boat Detail
Shrimp Net & FLoat
The Pointy End of the Stick...
Poney & Reels
Safety Line
The Life Ring
Coiled Up
Capt. James, Rotting Away, Swan Quarter, NC
575738, Selective Focus, Sway Quarter, NC
Stormy Seas in Infrared, Georgetown, SC
Poor Boy and Egret at dock, Georgetown, SC, Infrared
Poor Boy Underway, Georgetown, SC
Shrimp Boat Detail
Stormy Seas Bow, Georgetown, SC, Infrared
The Work Boots
This is one of my favorite images displaying the Wabi/Sabi concept with the shrimp fleet.  The dark sky and bright beam of sunlight seem to suggest the battle of hope verses decay.
Side Details
The Work Gloves
Colorfull Decay
The Sky...
Adrain Dawn, Georgetown, SC
At the Dock...
Shrimp Boat Detail... Film, Rollei IR400
Shrimp Fleet, Swan Quarter NC   
Leica M Monochrom

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