The Value of the Out of Focus Photograph

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Every photographer has shot vast numbers of images that are out of focus, poorly composed or horribly exposed (sometimes all the above simultaneously). Once in a while I find one of these missfires that has a certain graphical appeal. When I do find one, it inspires me to see if I can salvage it with dignity and value in a completely different way.

This image is based on just such a visual mutt. I don’t remember the original subject, but when I stumbled on the image that contained the firey red swish/swirls in it, I was moved, ultimately, to create what you see above. I call it the “Geometric Face of Fire”. The image itself is 38″ tall by 34.5″ wide and is printed in 12 pigmented colors on beautiful paper. I hope you enjoy!

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