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    Everyone has been saying character, but to me that is a nebulous answer.

    For me, the reason is texture. Old structures lend themselves to B&W to me because B&W is about communicating textures and tones, not colors. Old strutures are already faded and worn. The color is usually depressing and uninteresting (though that is at times what the photographer hopes to capture of course), but the tonality and texture is still abundantly there. That is what attracts me. I think when I look for B&W structural subjects, my first inclination is to look for interesting textures or tones that I can capture on film. Older structures make this easy. Plus, they usually aren't something you see everyday, and that adds interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doughowk
    . . . Perfection is actually an illusion, and as things decay their imperfections become manifest. And the decay suggest the natural forces . . .
    So, when an inkjet print of a digital image starts to fade, it starts getting some wabi-sabi?
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Ralph, unfortunately age & deterioration do not guarantee beauty;-)
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    Maybe not. But on the other hand, just look at me - aging and deteriorating beautifully!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck94022
    Everyone has been saying character, but to me that is a nebulous answer.

    For me, the reason is texture. Old structures lend themselves to B&W to me because B&W is about communicating textures and tones, not colors.

    -chuck
    I totally agree. When I'm out shooting what I used to call "funkabilia", I'm looking for what will look good in a silver photographic print. And old textury stuff just looks better than even-surfaced new stuff. Speaking just for myself, I don't do any philosophic meditation when I'm working, I just wait till I get excited visually by something. I live in Vermont. There's more damn decrepit barns and walls and whatnot than you can shake a tripod leg at. But I ain't thinkin' about history - I'm thinkin' about how cool the print's going to look fresh out of the developer!
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    Photography is about freezing time. Dilapidation is the point where form approaches final collapse. Seems like a natural combination to me

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    I like what Chuck 94022 said, but I would include shape and form as well.

    Really an interesting thread and a good read.

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    Just for kicks . . .

    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Sukach
    First I've heard of "Wabi-sabi". I agree with the concept.
    If this wasn't so close to Wishy-Washy or potentially mistaken for a sushi condiment, I'd declare myself to be a "Wabi-Sabi Photographer". Seems to me it covers all aspects of my photographic intentions!

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    Do 'spicy' photographs reflect the Wasabi aesthetic?
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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