Creating something unique is a challenge. Photography has been around for a while now, and I have dabbled with most genres and seen thousands if not millions of photos. How do I create something different that has not been done before? Maybe not just on my wish list, but perhaps everyone that enjoys photography? The Bokeh Project may have already been created, but not the way that I am going to do it - and if I don't research it, it will truly be my creation and un-influenced.
As with most things, this idea hit me when I was least expecting it....in the pitch black walking back from a sunset shoot on the south downs. There was a mist starting to build, and the city (Brighton) in the background was just a collection of speckled lights on the horizon. That was not the time and the place to start the project but why could that not be the photograph? I started to refine the idea.
Bokeh - Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens (wikipedia)
Bokeh is an every day word for photographers, but everyone else knows it as the out of focus lights in the back ground. In this project I am making the background the content of the photograph.
Besides the mis-pronunciation of the word Bokeh being a reason to fall out with a fellow photographers, everyone is in agreement that Bokeh is lovely! As the Japanese description above, there is a lot of pretension about the quality of the Bokeh that you get - and the top-end lenses are described as being 'bokelicious!' However, fantastic quality bokeh can be achieved with a nifty fifty F1.8.
In Part 1 of this personal project, I am photographing local (Brighton) Landmarks/Architecture/Structures - out of focus but still recognisable to those that are familiar with the area.
Below are a selection of my favourites...enjoy!
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