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‘Awaza, Osaka, 2016’ by Damien Drew


Damien Drew is an Australian photographer with a particular passion for documenting the built environment and our relationship with it. He is fascinated with what he sees as a loss of a sense of place and texture and it's rapid replacement with a globally generic built environment. Vital places and communities are being transformed such that every place becomes no place in particular. His images ask us to pay attention to scenes and details habitually passed over, presenting beauty in unlikely places.

This image is from the book ‘Wabi-Sabi,’ a collection of 96 images made in Japan over the course of a decade. Influenced by his early studies in architecture as well as the book Wabi-Sabi : The Japanese Art of Impermanence by Andrew Juniper, Drew immersed himself an aesthetic and a philosophy that values imperfection over modernity and the time-worn over the brand-new.

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