Mono No Aware

Once in a while, my body decides my mind needs to take a moment
to stare into the distance – preferably through a window.
When I go out the door, I feel more at ease carrying in my pockets a tiny
wooden airplane, a coin, a ••••• •• ••••••, and a cherry pip.
Whenever I feel that tiny sadness for the beauty of things passing,
I try to make images.
Somehow, it feels like a profoundly important thing to do.
As if I want to keep those moments; in a way give them more time
than they had,
until I’m ready to let go.


"Mono no aware" is a Japanese term used to describe an awareness of the passing moments of life.

Like when you're driving and the sun sets over the vast fields around you and the music's just right and the warm wind in your hair and your friends next to you and conversations go quiet and the long winding road ahead and your mind goes blank and you find yourself staring into the distance and then you snap out of it, everyone knowing you've all had – but can't keep – that moment that just passed.

There are many more examples of these kind of moments... We all know them. But we never know when they pop up. They stop time for us for just a second... and then we know we must move on.


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A book has been published in July 2014, simultaneously in a limited edition and a standard edition version. The book as an object is quite different, as there is no binding, and the chapters are held together by LP-like record sleeves. Read more here, or order a copy.


De Standaard (dS Weekblad) published a selection of the final work, and there has been an exhibit in Antwerp at Ingrid Deuss Gallery..