(Weekly Photo Challenge) A Failure of Focus


I believe grief is often marked by a loss of focus (not to mention loss of physical objects).  

I am coming to believe that successfully navigating life with grief (as nearly all of us must do) involves regaining focus–on other people’s thoughts and demeanor, on work and recreation, and on what one may not have even noticed is fleetingly around us.

I took this photograph without actually looking at exactly what was being captured: while moving at a decent clip, I held the camera in my right hand, pointed it in a general direction, and pressed the button. What I actually saw was beautiful to me, and I wondered what an unfocused glimpse of it might look like.

Any takers?

For far more competent and serious photographers (and for those who enjoy viewing the work of such talented people) I want to share another series on the concept of focus.

Jim took these.  I’m including them because of course he can’t; he left his body of photography to me.  I wanted to share the type of “aha!” moment I get when I review his exceedingly deliberate changes of lens and aperture.

In these pictures, taken on the trip he took with our daughters, I could not even tell at first what he was trying to capture.  He was ahead of the curve, and knew that although he had to act quickly, by carefully running through different possibilities he’d eventually get the right shot:

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