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The Perfect Blur.

Updated: Jun 15

The Quest for Perfection

The quest for perfection is a vast and purely rational task, and it seems that the photographers' obsession with focus demonstrates this technical need. It aims to obtain the definition that the eyes can apparently see in reality. In this way, a seemingly hyper-realistic photograph could be achieved.

This search for perfection seems to be a defect, since even our eyes cannot see everything in focus at once. Hence, blurring can be a less rigid way of perceiving the world and perhaps complete our perception of reality at figurative levels. That is, without the abstract we cannot understand the "real." So, this time let's put our focus on blurring to experience an expanded reality.

Blur and Imagination

Blurring is actually part of the photographic resources for image composition, which is possible thanks to the optics of the lenses. Partly because these are similar in some way to human eyes or at least they try to reproduce the blurring that we see directly.

Blurring can be something fresh, that gives rise to imagining, to completing what is missing with everything that we have in our mental and emotional records. It allows you to dynamically build a scene, a character, a context. The codes of form and color enter the unconscious and from there they do their work.

Technical and Abstract

Technically, the quality and beauty of the blur is dominated by the quality of the optics, the maximum aperture of the diaphragm and the regular polygon formed by the petals of the diaphragm. As a compositional resource, the blur can be used to achieve a level of abstraction in the image, especially when the entire image is out of focus. In the case of the motorcyclist above, this resource also has the property of making this character anonymous, depersonalizing him, removing his face, or hiding him behind a superposition of polygons. It makes him abstract, impersonal and in that sense universal and this also allows a representation of the gender and not just the individual.

The blur, like any resource, must be used appropriately and it depends on the use that the photographer gives it. There is a technical aspect, of regulating all the parameters of the camera to promote the image that we are looking for, but at the same time there is a cinematic relationship between the photographer, the camera, the context and the subject.

The Quest of Beauty

I bear witness to the experience I had when taking this photo. It was a causal search rather than a casual one, if casuality exists. The use of a manual focus lens obviously provided a more meditative relationship between the shutter, the manual focus ring, and the subject. It's no longer just about pointing the lens and letting the autofocus do its job and clicking, but it's necessary to have a deeper visual connection with the subject being photographed. As I move the ring to focus and the distances and angles change in motion, the lights change, the subject changes, and suddenly magic happens and the image transforms into something beautiful, while I take ownership of the image: Yeah, it's mine, now it's my creation. I achieved the perfect blur!


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