This is part of a daily writing project in conjunction with photographer Sarah Tesar. For every day of May 2017 I will be writing a short piece inspired by Sarah’s daily photos as posted on her Instagram feed.

Photo © 2017 Sarah Tesar

Focus puts everything else at a distance. The rest of the world turns to blurred circles of light, while what’s important becomes sharp, crisp and clear. The contrast makes the focal subject that much more so.

But let’s talk about the background a bit more, because it’s an amazing optical illusion. The way most anything can turn into vaguely round shapes of colour and light. All sense of straight line or edge is lost. And the circles can overlap.

If you’re not careful the background can become a focal point itself. What is otherwise dissolved is now suddenly beautiful in its own way. A gentle pallet of glowing dots, completely lacking any coherent definition or pattern. Just a subtle kaleidoscope of unclearness.

Perhaps a byproduct of the foreground focus. With singular vision on one thing, the rest of the world is tuned out. Not gone – not ineffectual – just devalued. Softer. Easier to ignore, and at the same time easier to deal with all of a sudden.

What’s in focus becomes what really matters. What’s out of focus in the background is palatable. Seen for what it really is. Noise, to be dealt with in time, in clearer terms.

But first things first.

© 2017 Andrew Hall Writes


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