Now in its fourth year, Reclaim Photography Festival returns to the UK from April 2019. The programme will include responses to our open call: Beauty in imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility.

We will also be offering events, exhibitions and opportunities, in addition to a special exhibition from our 2018 regional project Windows into Industrial Worlds, in the West Midlands, UK.

The aim of this year’s festival is to return to the essence of our Reclaim Photography manifesto, by reclaiming the best in art photography. This year our festival theme is

Beauty in imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility.

Wabi Sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional. Leonard Koren, ‘Wabi Sabi for artists, designers, poets and philosophers’, 2008.

In this year’s international exhibition, the festival sets out to explore the aesthetic value of Wabi Sabi, as described by Koren, by proposing that there is beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanency and incompleteness, thus creating an aesthetic consciousness.

The intangible qualities of beauty and imperfection assumes a transcendental significance within photography, directing the sensibility of the viewer to look beyond the immediately apparent and to search deeper within oneself for meaning and essence.

Aesthetic consciousness is explored either through the use of photographic processes and techniques, the photographer’s artistic interpretation, from the subject matter; or by a combination of all three.

Participants were encouraged to respond to this theme through the use of analogue and cameraless photography (including historical and alternative processes) or digital photography (including photo painting, photo-montage and digital printing skills).

Submission for this international open call has now closed. Due to the high volume of submissions received, we will contact successful exhibitors only, by 24 May 2019.

Key words: art, beauty, culture, decay, despondency, emotion, existence, fleeting, fragility, humility, Japan, life, loneliness, melancholy, memory, modesty, nature, object, silence, simplicity, solitude, transience, unconventional and Wabi Sabi.

Image copyright Horváth M. Judit, from Private Collection, 2018. All rights reserved.

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