I have been reading alot lately on the merit and allure of "blurred" photos. Hmmmmm, interesting concept for me since I've always been focused on keeping focus! This applies to both my life and my photography. A blurred photo is judged a failure and quickly dragged to the trash can, and any out of focus aspect of life I work to get back to 20/20...stat! It has always just been that crystal clear to me. But quite honestly, the older I get the more I realize life is a blur because it just never stops moving...and waaaaay too quickly at times. Being blurred is probably closer to the natural state of things. So shouldn't it be captured that way in photography occasionally without being deemed a bad picture?
Two years ago Thing #2 was studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Of course I HAD to make the ultimate sacrifice and make the journey to visit (because that is what a good mom does!)...and I HAD to take my sister along for the experience (because that is what a good sister does!). And a good Better-Half just doesn't complain about being left at home. We started in Rome and trained it up to Florence. Italy NEVER disappoints and we had a wonderful trip with lots of laughs, food and wine. When I got home and ventured thru all my photos I was very disappointed with this capture of the Colosseum at night because it was so blurred and I had such high hopes when taking it. Yet for some reason I never discarded it. Not because I felt it had any photographic merit, but because it brought back memories of my sister and I dodging traffic in the middle of the Rome street TRYING to get a night shot of the Colosseum and laughing at all of our failed attempts while cars were honking at us idiot Americans. I learned a few new Italian hand gestures that night, and to never trust Rome cab drivers....just sayin'.
After reading and pondering recent postings on the merits of blurred photos, I remembered this picture and re-visited/re-edited it. Yep, there WAS a reason I didn't throw it in the trash. I didn't realize what it was that spoke to me about the photo until I read someone else's perspective who TOLD me. Sometimes it is nice to convey the action and frenetic pace in our lives, and sometimes that is best accomplished thru a blurred photo. I would add my own caveat that it is even better to convey it in Italy!