Sunday Post: Focused Attention

It is such a wonderful experience to become so focused that the rest of the world slips away and I lose track of time. All of a sudden an hour or two has passed. But oh the joy of being able to focus all the powers of my thinking on what I am doing.

Using the language of this theme, when we focus so intently the rest of world becomes totally unfocused. Our world become fuzzy around the edges. For those around us, we become out of focus – no longer clearly reachable. We are no longer engaged in life as it happens, but life stands still for us. Just us and the object of our focus, moving ever so slowly through time.

An Intimate Moment

An Intimate Moment

This image of focused attention happened because I wanted a photo of this mother and child by the fountain but I am very hesitant to take photos of people in public places – I admire people who are good at it. Instead I stood across the street and quickly framed and shot it. I think it does quite a good job of capturing this theme of focused attention and the way we can only observe them from a slightly out of focus perspective. To bring them into clear focus would be way too intrusive and break the mother’s focus on her baby.

To see more images of this theme or to participate in Jake’s Sunday Post, to to:

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/sunday-post-focused-attention/

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10 Comments »

    • I don’t like being intrusive but I also feel a little guilt when I photo people in camouflage. 🙂 In this case, the way I did it seemed to be consistent with their intimate moment. Now I wish I could give it to the mother.

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    • This is a special photo for me and your theme was a perfect place for me to use it. The thanks go to you, Jake, for providing us with ways to challenge our creativity and share with each other. You have a special talent.

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    • You are so right. Then the focus would have been on me and my camera – and all I would have gotten was her discomfort over being photographed.

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