Shibumi: Subtle Beauty

Shibumi is a Japanese word that refers to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty. It can be used to describe a person, place or thing, naturally occurring or man-made. I love to observe and photograph shibumi and below you will find a few of the more spectacular manifestations I have been privileged to witness.

Ice on my Car Hood by Gregg Hake
British Columbia Reflections by Gregg Hake
Winter Branches by Gregg Hake
Mushroom UFO by Gregg Hake
View from Above by Gregg Hake
Tree Silhouette by Gregg Hake
Endless Waves by Gregg Hake

Simple, uncomplicated beauty can be found in the most unremarkable places. You needn’t construct a marvelous temple or an impressive tower to connect with it, in fact, all you have to do is open your eyes and soften your heart to shibumi.