Wabi sabi is a broad Japanese aesethtic concept that is derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence - impermanence, suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature.
Within the concept is impermanence. It incorporates the idea that existance is transient. Objects are in a continous state of change, decline and destruction. And, there is an inherent beauty in the process.
A photograph captures a nearly instantaneous image of an object. Within that image, one can imagine a past, a present, at least as it is percieved at the time the photograph was taken, and a future.
To examine this concept, I have taken a series of photographs of abandoned or decaying buildings. The abandoned motel, the decaying variety store and a shoe store. Since the decline is obvious, it is easier to imagine a past and what the future may be. The photographs were composed with a straight on viewpoint, balanced, to calmly concentrate on the sense of change.