Wabi-sabi: Doors and facades of Malta, the beauty in decay
Doors and facades of Malta: wabi-sabi, the beauty of decay and imperfection. In the not too distant future, without doubt, these beautiful old doors and storefronts, in Malta, will extinct - in fact, some of them already are... images ©Helen Jones-Florio
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Wabi-sabi: Doors and facades of Malta, the beauty of decay

Wabi Sabi - Facades & Store Fronts, Malta - Paces Press, Gzira ©Helen Jones-Florio

Wabi-sabi: Doors and facades of Malta, the beauty of decay

 

In traditional Japanese aestheticsWabi-sabi () is a world-view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” 

 

Wabi-sabi – Doors & facades of Malta, the beauty of decay

"Wabi-sabi Doors and facades of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

Doors and facades of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

On my frequent meanderings around the streets of this small Mediterranean island, I regularly come across sites, such as these. Beautifully decaying doors and facades – portals to another place in time. Often, starkly juxtaposed by the surrounding modern, steel and glass (which, it appears, is the de rigueur architecture of Malta, sprouting up all over the place), one could very easily walk right past these exquisite, woefully neglected, facades without even noticing them.

 

Without a doubt, in the not too distant future, these beautiful old doors and storefronts in Malta will become part of my ‘Places and spaces that no longer exist… or not in their original form‘.

 

In fact, since taking these photos, some of them have already been relegated to large skips, to be disposed of. Or, I like to think that they will have been salvaged by some enterprising dumpster-diver, to be restored to their former glory elsewhere on the island.

wabi-sabi Doors and facades, Valletta, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

Doors and facades, Valletta, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Wabi sabi Doors and facades, with traditional Maltese balcony, Msida, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

Doors and facades, Msida, Malta – with the traditional Maltese balcony ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “S” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.” Frank Lloyd Wright – The Natural House

 

"Wabi-sabi

 

Doors & facades of Malta

 

Doors & facades of Malta

 

"Wabi-sabi doors and facades of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

©Helen Jones-Florio – Valletta, Malta

 

 

What is behind the doors, I often wonder? Now, there’s somewhere I’d truly like to see… .

 

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