Perfection is Overrated

Do you get a lot of thinking done while driving? (Now bear with me, as I weave this little narrative.)

I do. A few weeks ago I was driving home from my parents’ house, and in four hours all sorts of divergent random thoughts went through my mind. That’s when this idea occurred to me.

A personal photo project of imperfect images.

And by imperfect I mean breaking some of the common “rules” of photography, e.g. in focus images, proper exposure, following composition rules, etc. Granted “proper” exposure and compositional rules are often in the eye of the beholder, so there really is a great amount of latitude with this project. I’m not giving myself permission to take just plan old “bad” photographs, so I guess this project is more like creative imperfection. I still want the photos to be interesting, if even only to me. My thinking behind this project is to help me let go of what is expected, and create something different for me.

Fast forward a few days from the above mentioned drive. Call it serendipity or my brain’s subconscious actually working, but it’s fitting that the first image of my Imperfection Series was taken in a car. (I wasn’t driving.)

car, driving, blur, monochrome, black and white, fuji x10, reflection, mirror, van

Life’s a Blur, part of Imperfection Series

So you’re maybe asking what is imperfect here? Blur for one. Nothing is actually in focus, not even the text on the side mirror. However I do find this photograph “interesting” and I mean that in a good way. I like the sense of motion, the parallel bands of darks and lights, the obviousness of travelling. The title of the image, well I just thought of that as I was inserting the key words into the photo while adding to the blog. I like it when things come together without too much brain strain.

I hope to be sharing images with you throughout the year that are part of the Imperfection Series. (Of course you’ll see other photos, too!)

I’d love to read what you think would make for good images for “breaking the rules of perfection”.

ciao!

::bk::

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About Barb Kellogg

I'm a people, pet and nature photographer who loves great bokeh, dark chocolate, and a good cup of tea.

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