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“Our brains have been designed to blur the line between self and other. It is an ancient neural circuitry that marks every mammal, from mouse to elephant.” Frans de Waal

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR - Concert Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – Concert Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR - Life Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – Life Shots

Most days it feels as if the world is whirling around me and I am standing still. In slow motion, I watch the colors blur; people and faces all become a massive wash.Sarah Kay


Sometimes we go through life in a bit of a fog. Everything seems blurry and distant, like a seat in the nose bleed section of a stadium. Then, in an instant, we have a moment of clarity, and all those blurry parts start to make sense. I usually delete blurry photos until I started seeing them on TV commercials as a way to revisit the past. I have shared a bunch here. Most were taken at a number of concerts I attended in the last couple of years. The life shorts are self-explanatory. By now, you know we have a cat and he loves the camera. I took the white crocus photos this morning… early signs of the still coming spring. Have a Happy Easter Weekend!  Enjoy!

“The differences between a tart, a pie and a quiche are a blur.” Yotam Ottolenghi

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR - White Crocus Shot

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – White Crocus Shot

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR - Concert Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – Concert Shots

I find that the best blurry shots come when we try to capture something or someone in motion. The flashing by is a moment for us to register the presence of said object in our mind and then, if we are lucky, capture it on our camera… If you notice that the photo at the lower left shows a man dancing on his head… Yep, he was doing his thang at a concert and we all loved it.  John Legend is behind those glaring lights, and Janet Jackson and Sade are above.

In my work, I construct texts and images. Between those two points the blur occurs. Each is altered by the other again and again, back and forth. Taryn Simon


“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” Arnold J. Toynbee

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR - Art and part of a face

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – Art and part of a face

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR - Life Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – Life Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR - Concert Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – Concert Shots


All your life, you live so close to truth, it becomes a permanent blur in the corner of your eye. And when something nudges it into outline, it is like being ambushed by a grotesque. Tom Stoppard

I was at a FAME concert and if you recall, I used a frame from it in my Ephemeral post. It was a Chris Brown Concert and it was fantastic. I have much better shots of all these concerts as I tend to get tickets as close up as can be. So these are the blurry shots deliberately used for this post on Blur… No worries. Chris is singing to his fans, up close.  Sade is doing her routine with her singers above, and below we have Kanye and Jayzee on the left and Mz. Jackson on the right. The nature shots are clear. The art shot with part of a face is one of my favorites and a spontaneous moment. TY!



“The Universal view melts things into a blur.” Emile M. Cioran

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – The Quest Crew member dancing on his head - Concert Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – The Quest Crew member dancing on his head – Concert Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR - Concert Shots

Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR – Concert Shots

My poor vision gives me a soft-focus morning. For the first half hour, I kind of wander through my house, and everything is a blur. I put my contacts in when I’m ready to deal with the world. Carrie Ann Inaba


I hope you enjoyed your visit. In the blurry shots above are Chris, Janet, Kanye, Jayzee and the lower left shot is Tyga. Yep, he raps too. Haha! Do you save blurry photos or do you delete them? Why? Let me know. Have a Happy Easter Weekend!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUR  This week, share a photo that’s a blur. You could keep your camera out of focus to achieve a blurry photo, or take a photo of something in motion. Or go in a different direction — capture an image of an experience that would otherwise be a blur, or of something in a state of flux.


Positive Motivation Tip:  Even in the foggy blur of daily living, there are sparks of clarity. Go there and refresh yourself.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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60 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben Butler permalink
    03/04/2015 3:08 pm

    Those pictures are wonderful. I really like the close up shot of the flower. It’s so crisp in the foreground. It really pops.

  2. 03/04/2015 4:20 pm

    It depends. If the blurry shots are showing motion or are a part of my story, then yes I keep it! Or if it’s just one of those once in a lifetime photos!

    • 04/04/2015 5:49 am

      I hear you. I still delete shits but also do the same thing as you and keep a shit with memories. Sometimes, I might just forget to delete a poor shot.

  3. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    03/04/2015 6:39 pm

    I would like to join on this photo challenge meme. I used to do this before and I’d like to do it again. Love those blurry photos.

  4. 03/04/2015 7:32 pm

    I save a lot of my pictures… although my camera is pretty awesome now, so not too many blurry. My daughter, however, takes awesome photos- most blurry- and I keep them because I love seeing the world through her eyes.

    • 04/04/2015 5:41 am

      There are professional photographers who like to take blurry shots as an artform. Some look quite beautiful and wistful. Mine are not intentional but I’ve taken some that I like and keep for sentimental value. Blur has less to do with the type of camera used and more to do with how we focus our lens. Some of my best blurred shots were captured by my dslr.I find that I take more blurry shots when I’m not wearing my glasses or if my hand moved or if the person or item moved. 🙂

  5. Mrs. Jilly Fisher permalink
    03/04/2015 8:04 pm

    My husband loves to take blurry images. Especially of cars and trains. They look awesome!

    • 04/04/2015 5:36 am

      Really? That is so interesting. I don’t take them intentionally and usually delete them. But sometimes, I keep a blurred shot because of the memory attached or because it looks good to me.

  6. 03/04/2015 11:40 pm

    Well it’s still early so my mind is a bit blurred but they look pretty good to me.

  7. 04/04/2015 1:13 am

    Beautiful blurs! Love that photo of the cat the most. 🙂

  8. Holly @ Woman Tribune permalink
    04/04/2015 1:21 am

    Loving this photo challenge. Your picture of the white flowers is beautiful, and I always love looking at pictures of cats!

  9. R U S S permalink
    04/04/2015 2:38 am

    My blurry days are those times when I detach myself from the world to think and sometimes, it’s solely for the purpose of wanting some solitude. And as with photos, blurred pics aren’t the usual stuff so it makes one stop for a while to look closely to take better appreciation of the image.

  10. Shirgie Scf permalink
    04/04/2015 3:50 am

    blur is beautiful. Sometimes you need to intentionally make the photo out of focus to give some umphhh to it. It is even more dramatic. I love the photos you shared here.

  11. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) permalink
    04/04/2015 4:09 am

    These are beautiful shots especially the flowers. Great job 🙂

  12. Crystal (The Imperfect Mom) permalink
    04/04/2015 4:32 am

    Very interesting way to look at it.

  13. lisa @bitesforbabies permalink
    04/04/2015 6:11 am

    I’ve never thought of capturing a photo like this…I usually delete these ones, lol!

  14. Debbie Denny permalink
    04/04/2015 6:24 am

    Now blur is something I am good at. They are great pics.

  15. Jeanine permalink
    04/04/2015 7:06 am

    I’m the worst for blurry photos. But, like you said when I’m not trying it happens and often looks amazing. Other times I’m trying to get a perfect shot with no blur and oops there it is! I love the flower shot!

  16. harrietb (@harrietb) permalink
    04/04/2015 7:45 am

    I usually get a blur when I mess up. Now I see them differently.

  17. Ask Coach Donna - Social Media and Blog Expert permalink
    04/04/2015 9:14 am

    First off the quotes by Frans de Waal – and Tom Stoppard is reality and at the same time spiritual – beautiful shots – making you take the time to to see – very cool ‘blur’ post

  18. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld) permalink
    04/04/2015 9:27 am

    This is an interesting photo challenge. It is hard to shoot moving people, let it alone people on a stage

  19. 04/04/2015 10:49 am

    Speaking in life terms…I am at the stage in my life right now where I cannot help but wonder why it takes so long to get the blur lenses off!! Life would be so much easier if we saw things with clarity far earlier than we sometimes do.

  20. Shabby Chic Boho (@terrishutterbug) permalink
    04/04/2015 10:56 am

    I should have participated in this, I have so many blurry photos. I love yours and even though they are blurry, I think they are pretty good.

  21. yumeating permalink
    04/04/2015 1:04 pm

    Janet Jackson always looks amazing! Getting action shots can be hard. I have not mastered them. Maybe someday. But sometimes the blur turns out really cool.

  22. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    04/04/2015 1:20 pm

    This is an awesome post indeed. I guess what I got from it was the analogy from the blurred pictures meaning happenings in our life to the beautiful clear pictures meaning great beautiful happenings in our life. I love this indeed. We just have to see the big picture. Thanks for sharing.

  23. rsrote permalink
    04/04/2015 1:58 pm

    There are times I keep a blur photo….showing the movement can be just as awesomeas a well focused shot!

  24. rattlesandheels permalink
    04/04/2015 7:36 pm

    Interesting perspective! I always delete blurry photos but I can def see their value in capturing the moment.

  25. The *New* Classy (@TheNewClassy) permalink
    04/04/2015 7:36 pm

    I could definitely participate in a blurry picture challenge. It seems like every time I take a set, I get at least a few that are really out of focus, lol. I generally keep them, too.

  26. vaneese06 permalink
    04/04/2015 8:17 pm

    I love your positive motivational tip. My life is often a blur and it’s confusing and overwhelming, but maybe I need to seek out some of those clarifying moments like you mentioned. Thanks for that!

  27. Vaneese permalink
    04/04/2015 10:09 pm

    I commented before but I’m not sure where it went, so please excuse if this is a duplicate. I do love your positive motivation tip. I sometimes feel that my life is a blur and that I’m confused and unfocused, but I’m sure that there are some moments of clarity that I’m just not taking the time to see. It’s amazing how a picture can say so much!

  28. erikaawakening962161059 permalink
    04/04/2015 10:14 pm

    I like the idea of the blurry parts finally coming into focus. You give me something to appreciate in those “flawed” photographs. It’s a theme for me right now too because my blurry windows need to be replaced, and I am seeing it as a metaphor for renewed clarity of perception. Let’s hope all those loose ends finally do come together 🙂

  29. Cherri Megasko permalink
    05/04/2015 11:37 am

    Awesome! I never thought of “the blur” as being a photo technique, but after looking at these images I totally get it!

  30. Yona Williams permalink
    05/04/2015 1:35 pm

    Those pictures are cool, and sometimes the ‘blur’ effect can really create interesting photos. One time, my Mom took a picture of me in an art museum, and the result was blurry yet very interesting!

  31. Kelly Hutchinson permalink
    05/04/2015 6:13 pm

    Oh, this is one of my favorite things to do when I take pictures! I love to blur EVERYTHING!!!

  32. Stephanie Pass permalink
    05/04/2015 9:25 pm

    Many times I end up with a blurry shot that looks awesome. Though most of the time they are horrible, lol.

  33. 06/04/2015 9:33 am

    I love some blurry nature shots like those flowers too

  34. Nile Flores permalink
    06/04/2015 4:23 pm

    I get pretty picky about pictures. Unless it looks cool and appeals to my artsy side, then it goes. However, blur looks good when you’ve got a focus image and the background is blurry too.

  35. Ricci permalink
    06/04/2015 8:07 pm

    What a fun photo challenge!! You rocked it!!

  36. Ms Magcaus permalink
    06/04/2015 11:02 pm

    You remind me when I take photos or selfies and then in my mind I’m like ‘Ha! Nailed it!’ In “blurry” pictures, I prefer if there’s a subject on focus. 🙂

  37. jshallow01 permalink
    07/04/2015 7:52 am

    I am always getting blurry shots when my kids are moving.

  38. Shannon Gurnee permalink
    07/04/2015 2:02 pm

    I love how you shared your blurry shots. Sounds like a fun post!


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