“Psychologically, the choice “to think or not” is the choice “to focus or not.” Existentially, the choice “to focus or not” is the choice “to be conscious or not.” Metaphysically, the choice “to be conscious or not” is the choice of life or death.” Ayn Rand
When I first saw the prompt for this week’s photo challenge – Unfocused - I was not sure it would be feasible to find a half decent photo to fulfill the challenge. For starters, I’m not a professional photographer and, when I take lousy photos, I usually delete them to rid myself of the evidence of a poorly focused shot… Who knew that someday, the unfocused would become sublime; there is a lesson there to be learned. The Stockholm shots were taken from a moving vehicle (those are lit candles in the park), and the Paris one I took on foot… All embarrassingly out of focus.
“And so it (fear) stays just on the edge of vision, a small unfocused blur, a standing chill that slows each impulse down to indecision.” Philip Larkin
Although some of the pictures I found were taken from a moving vehicle, (see above), others were taken in my garden, at a concert, or elsewhere, and were out of focus which works for this challenge. I was trying to capture the lilacs, buttercups and lone blooming iris in the garden and some of the shots went south… Even though I usually delete photos like these, I somehow let them sit in the files as other important tasks called my attention. So, I’m grateful to find time to now focus on the unfocused…
“Whatever I did, I didn’t do a very good job. We were so unfocused and undisciplined. I’m embarrassed.” Al Lang
These were part of a collection of photos I took with a tiny camera at the Sade concert. I took tons of pictures that night and while some turned out great, many of them were blurry and unfocused… In the excitement of the evening, Sade’s first tour in the USA in ten years, I kept dropping the damn camera, taking shots while dancing in the aisles, and wondering why my sub-par camera was acting up. Duh? You can see my better shots of the show in this special post. Anyhow, I looked through the collection for this challenge and picked a few to share. More below!
An important lesson learned from this challenge is that we can find merit even in discarded things… When we talk about building a sustainable planet where nothing is wasted, we are being reminded to use everything including those things we typically toss out and treat with disdain. There is beauty and use for everything. Enjoy your weekend!
Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos depicting Unfocused did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense of your views on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you!
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – Unfocused – below. ***
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused. You may curse or cheer this week’s theme. We’re looking for that picture which is unfocused. It may be completely intentional, or accidental. You might have thought about trashing it, but in the end it definitely conveys something. Share a picture that is UNFOCUSED with everyone!
Positive Motivation Tip: Wherever our focus is directed, there is much there to help us learn and grown… Even the fuzzy spaces shed some light…
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.
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