“Incomplete and a little strange”

“A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone.  I don’t think this can be true for photography.  Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty.  We won’t take an interest in it.”

 John Loengard

Bumble bees buzzing around pink echinacea flowers

(photo taken at 1/800, f/1.8, ISO 100)

“Incomplete and a little strange” is something I have to learn to love in my photography. I’m trying. Often when I search through my photos I discover little treasures that I set aside because they weren’t just right. This photo is one I classed as “incomplete”. The focus wasn’t exactly where I wanted it, which bothered me so much that I couldn’t look at it and moved on. I didn’t rediscover it until a few months afterwards. I came across the photo and did a quick edit, just to see what would happen. It was only when I gave it this second chance that I realised it’s one of my favourites.

I’m trying to be more forgiving in my photography; allowing more space for life and less for attempted perfection.

This takes a lot of gentle (and not so gentle) reminders; I get frustrated when things don’t look like they “should”. I’m taking it gradually, one photo at a time…

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6 thoughts on ““Incomplete and a little strange”

  1. I’m glad you rethought it, it’s absolutely beautiful. Our creations are like our children, initially we want perfection but later we’re simply thankful for existence. Being artistic, as well, I know how easily disappointed I am about works that later prove to be some of my best. Keep sharing the seemingly ‘incomplete’. 😉

    • Thank you for the encouragement! I think one reason they look better later is that by that point I have managed to separate myself from expectations and can see the photo for what it is rather than what it “should” be.. Definitely something to keep reminding myself.

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