In A Blur

NY Robin wrote me early this week to discuss something she wanted to attempt. She was about try to shoot around the city without vision correction focusing entirely manually, of course. This is something that has been close to my mind for quite some time now. The discussion sparked something buried.

Initially, I wasn't sure what I was looking or hoping for with this experience. There was definitely a naive notion that I would present output that closely resembled what I saw with uncorrected vision. That is a pretty simplistic paradigm (and so bokeh). But after further consideration and after conducting some blind tests, I've concluded that this experience reveals something different and unexpected. I think that I've opened a window on a new area for discovery.

While shooting, and struggling to operationalize what I was doing in this frustratingly blurry haze, I noticed that I was working very hard on how I was composing. Likewise, I was finding all sorts of new subjects calling out for attention. I was also actually thinking about composition and execution; something I have clearly taken for granted with sloppy habits and insights for a while now.

What I need now is a day in a new location (city, farm, college) and an escort/bodyguard/driver that keeps my blind ass out of Harm's Way™.  I can't wait to make blind portraits of people. I'm thinking of trying 24 hours in this blur.

Oh grant for this please rain down upon me.