Blur… not the Band!

Nowadays, in this world of digital autofocus perfectness (or is it perfectitude?), blur has no more place. Displaced, unwanted…. BAD!150113 - Olympus XA2 - 20.jpg

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:170901 - Leica IIIa - Lomo Lady Grey (21)

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.darkroomfloor001-4You 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.161116-001-5Makes 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.darkroomfloor001Long shutter speed and (this time) intentional camera movement.

You want more abstract stuff? Here we go, but don’t ask me what it is!darkroomfloor001-2I 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.darkroomfloor001-3Don’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.


23 thoughts on “Blur… not the Band!

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  1. Blurred pictures have become interesting at a time when perfection in image rendition has become so commonplace and easily achieved that it’s almost obligatory to find new ways of messing up the pictures in some way. It also subverts that perfection by asking how much information do you need in order to be able to read an image. Maybe there’s a kind of Rorschach thing about some of it, too. Blurred pictures are also an antidote to the ubiquitous concern over the image that we have discussed on here before. But blur might not “work” so well with iconic images, I wonder.

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    1. That’s getting quite blurry, no?

      But there’s a point in blur being some hype. Like the Lomography stuff (which is mostly blurry also). A countercurrent to digital perfection. But then Daido Moriyama has a blurry streak too…. and that’s not new stuff


  2. Probably my recent playing with ICM is a reaction to easily attained sharp, focused, anti-shaken or stabilised ‘perfection’ and is a search for individual expression and uniqueness. Although I am pretty sure the experimentation and indulgence would not be entertained if I was still shooting film.

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  3. I really like the watch and train photos, very atmospheric.

    I was going to ask if you follow Bear Humphreys’ blog and his similar recent motion experiments, and see he’s mentioned them above.

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      1. What! Not heard of me!

        I’ll have you know, out of the 7 billion people in the world, I’m one of them.

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  4. You make a really good point when you said that you should take another look at blurred images.

    I often find myself going through my developed negatives and looking out for the best versions of what I was trying to capture.

    It is normally my partner that looks through them after me and points out her favourite ones – which are normally the accidental or not ‘perfect’ shots.

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