This entire year so far, a clear vision of our lives seems to be blurry and questionable. I wanted to convey in a photograph how we could be perceiving our lives at the moment. Making use of blurs was the answer to express a fuzzy world we live in.
My first thought was a photograph of a landscape where from far we could see something related to community lives, which represent part of our world. I wanted also to add a twist in the photograph, a certain mystery. My aim was to make the viewers think for a while what they were seeing.
Finding the scene for a fuzzy world
One weekend, going for a wonder in the beach I had the opportunity to photograph exactly what I was thinking. I made sure to have water, sand and the houses way out at the background. I had to think how I would add my blur to the picture.
Adding the blurs and the twist
Would I use intentional camera movement, multiple exposure, zoom blur or alike? It was then that I saw the reflection of the buildings in the water. They were perfectly blurry, fuzzy and their amount of blur was just perfect to add the sense of uncertainty but of hope too. The scenery presented to myself a natural blur. With my intention settled in my mind, it allowed me to focus on details of the scene that could have gone missing.
Making use of blurs to express a fuzzy world was done but where would my twist get into the scene then? How would I make my viewers a bit puzzled? By twisting the photograph upside down! The wet footprints on the sand became unidentifiable elements on the sky, giving the viewers freedom for their imagination until realising what they were really looking at.
Turning into an artist
When we realise we can play with our imagination and manipulate the form of art, in this case photography, we are starting to dominate the medium and opening the wings to become artists. In this case I intentionally made use of blurs to demonstrate my concept.
How do you play with your work to express your feelings?