Between Here and There

Some of you may see the above photo and think, oh, an out of focus image, but look closer, or maybe further away. The way I see it, this image is very much in focus. It’s the way you automatically define it as out of focus upon first seeing it that insterests me. The photograph above is not of a landscape, it is of air in front of the camera, the space there but not seen. This is a photo for your imagination, your assumptions, and your skeptisism. The beauty of nothing should not be defined as a lack of visual focus, it’s the implied focus that makes it unique to each viewer.

So while you look at this dont look at it and try to focus your mind on what it appears to be but focus it on what isnt there. A face, a memory, your lunch, anything. It is open space there for your mind to assimalate with. It lets you visualize whatever it is you need to see there in front of you. Put simply, it’s not nothing, it’s not anything, it’s everything. Then again, maybe for you, the fuzzy memory of a lake may be just what you needed, either way, I hope you enjoy it.

I shot this while out at the lake again one afternoon, it was on my birthday actually, I was taking minimal photos of a stick of all things and this idea popped into my mind. The clouds and reflection of the water with the green all lined up with the great color of the late setting sun and just felt right. Thought it would be a nice one for all you minimal lovers out there.


  1. muaad - September 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    loving it ,

  2. Christopher - September 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    The ipad and iphone direct links don’t work. looks great!

  3. thedoo - September 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    a fine art.

  4. DavidR - September 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Very cool! I’m assuming there’s a razor thin line of focus towards the bottom but I can’t even tell! :-P

  5. BJ - September 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    One of my favorites, ever.

  6. Giatuareg - September 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Greeting from italy. Pure art

  7. jan gitano - September 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Really nice photo. Now it’s my desktop wallpaper. Thanks to share it.

  8. Alex - September 16, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Perfect. Fiftyfootshadows are the only wallpapers I use. :)

  9. Mitchell White - September 16, 2011 at 3:12 am

    This really rivals your minimal beach pictures. Thank you for making my MacBook Pro even more beautiful.

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  11. Milton - September 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Beautiful. I love your concept behind the photo. Thanks for sharing this.

  12. Lauren - September 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I LOVE this! The colors are wonderful… there is so much to take in.

  13. Linsday - September 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Happy birthday. Another year, another great photo. Keep them coming!

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  15. Brooks - September 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This is absolutely incredible!

  16. Julien - September 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I have just discovered your blog, and I have seen a lot of your photos. They are thery beautiful. Thank you.

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    Wonderful :)

    Equally pretentious is for you you pass such judgment on an observation written simply to look at the photo a different way. Sure, I let my wording get carried away at times but it’s all for the sake of looking at the world in different ways. It’s all in good fun, but I do realize that some people, such as yourself, may not find thoughts such as these with much interest.

    I do appreciate your honesty though, thanks for the contribution, there’s no opinion I’m not willing listen to.

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