I used to be obsessed with sharp focusing, really small apertures, deep depth of field, etc. During college I studied the work of a group called f64, a bunch of Californian overachieving photographers that carried their heavy tripods, their extra large format cameras all over the country side photographing gorgeous landscapes, a woman’s body or moved their gear into the kitchen and took beautiful images of simple subjects. Guys like Adams, Weston, Cunningham, and others brought to the world the outrageous beauty that surrounds us by capturing extremely sharp realistic technically perfect images. I was really obsessed trying to imitate them, to the point that I would not even consider photographing anything without my tripod to accomplish prefect sharp focusing. Then I went digital! Big game changer. The cost of many many many rolls of film, developing, etc got reduced to zero, which open the door to experimentation for a totally broke photography student. I started to see beauty on soft focusing, dreamy like images. Even when I am still very much driven by the f64 style today I am a lot more open minded to the mood created by soft focusing images. Thanks to the digital world to make it much easier than in the old days of darkrooms and chemicals, and thanks for helping me be a little more open minded to other subjects.
This is one of uncle Joe’s roses in his farm in Dexter, Michigan. My mother has this image nicely framed in her house in Zaragoza and every time I see it I think about how frustrated I was that I did not focus 100% when I took it… now I would not even consider this image as one of my key images if it wasn't for the soft dreamy romantic texture of its subject.