Toward abstraction

A not so sharp look at the garden

In my work, I take a lot of photos that are in focus. Sharpness seems to be part of the job requirement; people want to recognize what it is I am photographing. I know, this is so bourgeois.* But hey, it pays the bills.

What it doesn’t do for me is necessarily fulfill my creative needs. To that end, on the weekend, I picked up the X-T1, the 16mm extension tube, the tilt+shift Nikon-XF adapter and the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens and headed out to the garden to make less than sharp photos. In fact, the more abstract the better.

I have used the 16mm extension tube and the XF35mm f1.4 lens in the past for similar photography. By adding the softer quality of the old Nikkor lens and using it with the T+S adapter, I was attempting to maximise abstraction. A little shooting into the light tended to make even better images.

I know that this sort of photography doesn’t appeal to most other people, but as one of my photo buds recently said, “the happier I am with what I shoot, the fewer people like it.” So here is to shooting what makes us happy. We don’t get to do it often enough, before we are back making more bourgeois photos.

Colour images OOC JPEGs and BW photos converted in Lightroom.

*“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

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