My name is John Etheridge, and I am a Bahá’í, a poet and a photographer. The theme of my art is seeking the personal and the spiritual in all its aspects: yearning, trying, failing, and, sometimes—rarely—succeeding.
My poetry website is the Book Of Pain. Please drop by if you can.
The tag line of this site, the Book of Bokeh was going to be, “images for the soul” to match the Book of Pain’s, “poetry for the soul.” The issue with this is that few people know the word ‘bokeh’ and fewer yet understand its real meaning, so I went with a more explanatory description.
But let me, here, explain further…
‘Bokeh’ describes the character or feel of the out-of-focus areas in a photograph. It is not a measure of how much these areas are out of focus, but a measure of how much this area adds to the impact or the quality of the photograph, enhancing or emphasizing the photo’s aesthetic appeal.
Consider this photograph:
The in-focus portion of the photograph is the tree limb, but this sharp focus on admittedly dull leaves (backed with out-of-focus leaves on the ground of the same color) only emphasizes more the out-of-focus image of the person in blue. Although that person (it is in fact, my wonderful and long suffering wife, Lyn, who is saying some prayers) is out of focus, the eye and the mind are inexorably drawn there. What is that person doing? Curiously, if the entire image was out of focus, the shot would be ruined; it needs that in-focus portion, as unimportant to the meaning of the photograph as it is, to be there. Bokeh.
As to what bokeh is in life, well, I’ll let you ponder that question.
I hope you enjoy your visit and thank you for coming to the Book of Bokeh.
All photographs and comments ©2014 by John Etheridge with all rights reserved. Neither can be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.