In his series Efflorescent Cherry, Matt Slater (b. 1994, South Africa) photographs the beauty and oddities of nature whilst in transition and captures the serene and melancholic poetry that he witnesses in its decay. He uses a variety of analogue photographic practices to open the work up to spontaneous ‘mistakes’ and irregularities, to amplify this message of transience.
Slater is inspired by the Japanese concept of as wabi-sabi, which is centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection and in which characteristics such as asymmetry, irregularity, roughness and intimacy are key. He therefore takes an experimental and intuitive approach to his process, and this gives the photographs a personal and intimate feeling, strengthening the concept of ‘flawed beauty’.