SOFT FOCUS ART a soothing way to see
The Art of Soft Focus
by Jenna Martin in Medium 2018
I like to forage for wild mushrooms and collect edible wildfood. It is a gentle way to sink into a place and learn local ecology.
It also provides us with some really delicious mushrooms and herbs as well as knowledge of local poisonous plants; for example, our front yard is abundant in snakeweed, which was what killed Abraham Lincoln’s Mother.
Cows can digest the plant but the poison will leak into her milk and kill people! Interesting, no? CLICK FOR MORE
Soft Focus Photography – The Art of Intended Blur
AESTHETICS OF SOFT FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY
We’ve learned to avoid out-of-focus pictures, so it is easy to get obsessed with lock-down, rigid pixel peeping. Would it seem strange, then, to deliberately create blur with our precision optics and smart software, when we’re following the dominant paradigm to make our pictures razor sharp?
Yes, it may seem strange, if sharpness is always the most important quality to you. At times, however, a softer touch is needed.
An art photograph is born when moment, light and space meet. While we can alter spatial areas with blur and motion in camera and after the shot, light presence and moment must already exist in the frame. Without them, de-focused areas will not add much interest to a flat photograph.
Julia Margaret Cameron: soft-focus photographer with an iron will
From her housemaid to Alfred Tennyson, the indomitable Victorian wrestled everybody into her studio, dressing them up as characters from Shakespeare and the Bible. For years, these tableaux have been out of fashion – but two new shows cast this pioneering photographer in a new light.
Julia Margaret Cameron was 48 when she was given a camera by her daughter and son-in-law in 1863. The photographs she made – working at first by trial, error and bossiness – were, she absolutely insisted, Art with a capital A. She ignored the carping of critics who put down her dreamy focus to technical incompetence, and reserved a special de haut en bas putdown in her memoir for the unfortunate lady who tried to commission a studio portrait, as if she were a mere commercial hack. CLICK FOR MORE
Photo Credit: Jean Cassidy