Nowadays, in this world of digital autofocus perfectness (or is it perfectitude?), blur has no more place. Displaced, unwanted…. BAD!
But is it THAT bad?
Can we make a difference between bad and good blur, is that possible at all. I could tell you now that the photo above came out just as intended. That I had in mind to create this colorful, artistic work of art from the beginning. That it is GOOD blur!
Yeah, you really believe that crap?
No, it was just a bad choice of shutter speed in perfect harmony with ageing, shaky hands! Basta! Nothing intentional about it.
It was just luck that it turned into something that I dare present here. Just because of the colors and some ‘ghostly’ atmosphere it contains.
Or this one:
This is a blurry shot into a watch-shop window with the out of focus outside reflected. All this aided by a badly developed roll of film. A complete mess! Only it makes me stop and think about it. So there might be something good still hiding within it.
Let’s just state that a blurry photo is nearly always unintended (except for special occasions), that it’s in fact a botched photo that still lives due to some other aspects.
So with that said, I think that blur can produce wonderful, dreamy, mysterious results.You might be thinking about the person in this photo… a woman, handling her phone? Who is she, what is she doing, where is she going… Bad blur, good photo?
Or take this one, the classic blurry train, only that it was stationary and all the frame is blurry due to the ever popular camera shake.Makes me think about travel, about our ever faster moving world, our blurred relationship to the important things… anything to defend a botched shot.
Fireworks? No, just the christmas tree ablaze with electric lights.Long shutter speed and (this time) intentional camera movement.
You want more abstract stuff? Here we go, but don’t ask me what it is!I see a wheel, a truck… anyways, I like it. Makes you look twice at the photo, something a perfectly sharp photo of a truck wheel would not achieve.
And even nature photos can get some nice blurry results like these autums leaves.Don’t they look like a waterfall?
Like I said in an older post, don’t throw out the negatives that look bad at first sight. Don’t delete the photos from the SD card when you see them all blurry.
Something might hide in there. Look at them again, tweak them a bit and they might surprise you!
Thanks for reading and see you soon.