It's all in the eye of the beholder

'Sometimes beauty arises from obscurity. Too much detail may dampen the aesthetics of that very object."

It's this very feeling that popped up as I tried to focus my lens on a tiny part of a tree standing in the fields of Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai, one morning last month when it drizzled almost every other day.

Many a time I have discovered how a blurred, unfocused photo can turn into one of enigmatic beauty with something worth pondering. According to the basic rules of photography that I have embraced since I first learned the trade, however, such a picture would have been considered sub-standard and should be thrown away.

Having been working to the point where the notion of professionalism is no longer such a big deal, I have found instead that there are no fixed rules in the world of art.

Each of us perceives beauty differently. One person's beauty may be abhorred by others. At the same time, what another group deems as ugly could be revered as the epitome of grace by someone else.

"So whether or not the picture is well-focused matters less than our ways of looking at things." That is what I usually stress in my own photography class.

About the author

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Writer: Somkid Chaijitvanit
Position: Photographer