Another way to challenge everyone’s viewing experience.
When you see a blurry photo of a person, what are your feelings?
Confusion, incomprehension, contempt, mockery?
Understanding, appreciation, acceptance?
The photograph is a way to view the world, from whose perspective?
The photographer’s perspective.
So the composition of the photograph is what the photographer wants to convey to the viewer.
The presentation of visuals can be divided into various ‘elements’, and I say this because elements can be singular or multiple, appearing together in a blended manner on the screen. ‘Blur’ shooting technique naturally falls into one of these categories.
Below, I will share my own feelings and thoughts. You can consider if these statements are acceptable to you.
Since something fuzzy is unclear (a bit redundant), the focus of viewing naturally lies in clear areas.
If the clear location is not in the interest of the character, can it still be called a portrait?
No, it cannot.
However, when it is still possible to identify blurry areas as part of the human body, the boundary of a portrait also becomes unclear.
The Chinese term 模糊 in different contexts or sentences can imply ambiguity or vagueness, and I believe these meanings also have a similar effect in portrait photography.
In general public perception, a portrait photograph should be clear, with a recognizable subject and full of details. A blurry photo often confuses and perplexes people, leading to feelings of contempt and ridicule.
In the early stages of photography, I did have similar symptoms. It was through self-learning and critical thinking that I gradually learned how to appreciate or analyze photos of this kind.
It is normal to have confusion and doubts, but there’s no need to generate feelings of contempt, mockery, or even words. Slow down and try to think a little about why the photographer expresses themselves in this way. If you can’t figure it out, just let it go.
Because many images derive their meaning from the temporal and spatial context behind them, viewers cannot comprehend why a photographer captured such a scene without the photographer’s explanation.
Do not force yourself to come up with an explanation for your thoughts when you do not have any results, and then force yourself to accept such an explanation.
My idea behind capturing or processing such visuals is to provide viewers with a different experience.
Wedding photography, bridal portraits, event photography, and similar types of photos have one thing in common – they are not limited to just one image. There are numerous moments to capture, resulting in a large number of photographs.
Watching photos in my mind is like listening to a piece of music. It requires different melodies, rhythms, and variations to create a rich composition. Just like a song composed of many photos, it also needs various visuals and shooting techniques to enhance the viewing experience.
You will see the selection of images brought by different focal lengths, and you will see the interplay of various techniques, including one that involves ‘blurring’.
It is possible that this blur is intentional or it could be accidentally captured, or it could be a mistake?!
Mistakes are often a result of accidentally pressing the shutter button, leading to photos that I don’t consider suitable for delivering to clients. However, if I truly believe that a photo cannot be submitted, I will make sure it disappears through the electronic operations of the hard drive.
Photographs that photographers cannot accept (to give to clients) should not exist in this world. Let them disappear forever in the flow of time.