With this week’s photo challenge theme, unfocused, WordPress has asked us to tout and display what culture instills in us to understate and hide – our mistakes.
Rarely is an unfocused photograph allowed to see the light of day. As an amateur photographer, when film ruled, I would sometimes get my photos from the drugstore and pull out the unsightly shots; or I’d tear up the blurry unfocused pictures and hide the evidence of my bloopers before I shared them. It was the dirty little secret shared between the photo finisher and me.
With digital photography, I can now delete the offending shots and even execute a do over right on the spot; before anyone (the subject included) is wise to my slip up. Add to the self-editing process, image editing software, and it seems that today, we all can be, a straight out of the womb, Ansel Adams, Robert Clark, David LaChapelle and Sally Mann.
Truthfully, I rarely tamper with the evidence. I’m willing to do the time for my crimes against the art of photography. I own my mistakes. I have shoeboxes filled with unfocused, underexposed and ill-conceived photos. I’m using up many megabytes of computer memory to store my muddled attempts to achieve art.
Thanks to WordPress, I’ve been able to share some of my more successful photos. For this week’s photo challenge I’ve been given the chance to share a few of my many unfocused
failures practice shots.
As Malcolm Gladwell said – “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
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