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If You Move Slowly and Squint…

©2012 Leslie Noe Photography

One thing we’re not encouraged to do, as photography students, is shoot out of focus. There’s a very good reason for this. As humans, our visual perception requires focus. Our brain craves it and searches for it when we offer something visual for consumption. So when focus is removed our eyes don’t know where to settle, don’t understand the meaning. But sometimes there is no meaning. Sometimes it’s just enough to offer a beautiful composition of light and color. That’s what I’ve done here, and in some others not quite as successful.

In Charleston, downtown, there are lots of walkways shaded by overhanging branches, which bring relief from the afternoon sun. I love walking down these green walkways with the dappled light playing on the brick walls and slate footpaths. Last time I was walking, I realized I spend half my time looking up—at the blue sky in patterns against the leaves. So I squinted and took a photo that mimicked my view. I love it, but I can understand why it’s not for everyone. There is no focal point.

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