Task 2: WHY IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE IN FOCUS

“Selfportrait” by Lorena Cruz-Hernandez

This is a lightly blurry self-portrait I took a while ago. It is a black & white reflection in a mirror. Although it looks like an easy picture, it wasn’t, even though nowadays creating decent portraits is effortless due to the technology that comes within the camera.

Blurriness is often seen as a lack of technique and sharpness is usually compared with “perfection”, however I believe that it depends on the eye of the observer. Motion is a very useful tool used quite often, to describe emotions or specific situations, in a picture. It brings veracity to the image and gives the chance to analyze the scene beyond the first sight.

To me, there is not a real need to focus every single shot, nevertheless I think there should be a need to learn how to use the blur properly. I see it as a way to customize your ideas and to transform the reality, therefore blurry professional shots are more complex and interesting to me.

– Lorena Cruz-Hernandez

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