Selective focus – the photographer’s “voice”


Article Excerpt: “Selective focus can play several roles in an image. First, it can direct the viewer to the subject, or show the depth of the subject in better detail. It plays an editorial role: in-focus objects could be said to have primacy over blurry parts of the image. Sometimes a very narrow depth of field can create a sense of intimacy, exclusion, and solitude. Selective focus expresses the authorial voice of the photographer, since it is a deliberate choice. (In contrast, a scene with everything in focus often has the effect of removing the appearance of the photographer’s “voice” in the image.)…having a narrow depth of field is very “photographic” and abstract — it is an effect that humans do not experience in the real world, since our eyes are so quick to focus on other objects. Sometimes removing detail information can direct the viewer’s attention to other relationships inside the image, such as lighting, texture or shape.”~J.Gilbert from his article The Power of Selective Focus 


2 responses

  1. Love the color and subtlety in this shot!

    January 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Thank you Jennifer! This particular photo reminds me of your photos, how you play with light and dark areas but always keeping the subject (or parts of it) in focus. Best regards!~JJ

      January 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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