Sharpness! A concept that has taken a very important position in modern photography. Never has anything given us as sharp pictures as modern digital sensors. Never have the lenses been as sharp as today…. sharpness, so the photography businesses make us believe, is the most important aspect of any photograph.But is sharpness all it takes to make a good photograph?
Isn’t it possible that out of focus or shaky photographs may convey something that, despite their physical defaults, makes them great (or in my case, acceptable) photographs?
Notably japanese photographers apply the concept of wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection to their art. It’s rooted in their tradition, nothing perfect can be truly beautiful.
The street photography masters, one of the notable exceptions being of Bruce Gilden and his flash-in your-face technique, do not always produce sharp images, but always meaningful ones – at least those that are well known.But from there to deliberately blur your pictures…
I prefer to be surprised when I develop my film and perhaps see something good that makes a meaningful photograph without being clinically sharp. Others just get thrown out…Blurry photos may convey a sense of movement, a dynamic that is absent from sharp, precisely focused photos. But it is no excuse for botching your photography and just get by calling it art.
Like any very strong or invasive technique it must be applied with a certain measure. It can work with certain images but will completely mess up others. It can make the viewer wonder, make him look closer and thus make him reflect on your photograph.Blurry pictures should just not be an excuse for your botched photographs!
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