Being In Focus has always been for me as much about the words as it has the images. That’s been nice for me; when the image is a bit weak the words might be enough to salvage the post and vice versa. The writing is made up largely of my thoughts on life, fatherhood and photography presented very much in the style of narratives from The Wonder Years. I can’t help it; I’m a sentimental old fool and The Wonder Years was pure greatness. As far as the images go, well, I like shooting a variety of things including, landscapes, seascapes, shots of kids and portraits. That’s when everything is going well. I don’t know whether it’s the stresses of life but both the pictures and writing have been hard to come by lately. As I sat down to begin writing this post last night I realized to my horror that I had nothing to say…nothing. I changed the image in the hopes that I’d have something to say about a different shot. Nope, I had nothing.

I finally settled on this shot, perhaps the most abstract I’ve ever posted. It’s perplexing given my photographic history but I really love abstract photography. Here’s the problem, my recent writing block pales in comparison to my difficulties capturing decent abstracts. I’ve been trying for ages but have found only middling success so I pretty much revert to areas much more comfortable to me. Last week I took this shot and for the first time felt pretty good about a fairly pure abstract shot. Last night after struggling for some time to create a post, I poured myself a wee dram of scotch, took a deep breath, chose this shot and promptly fell asleep. A few hours later and it’s morning. I’ve employed the oldest trick in the book to overcome writer’s block; I’ve written about writers block. And the photographer’s block, well, we’ll see if this shot helps me dog-paddle my way out of the doldrums. One thing is certain. You guys and some good scotch are much cheaper and a good deal more enjoyable than a psychiatrist.

I’m way behind on visiting my favorite photoblogs so bear with me–can’t wait to see what you all have posted recently. Posts on Being In Focus will be a little less frequent in the coming weeks. I’ll be taking a short, and if this post is any indication, much needed break.



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  1. Posted June 26, 2011 at 7:45 am by joshi daniel | Permalink

    excellent abstractness!

  2. Posted June 26, 2011 at 8:02 am by Doug Hickok | Permalink

    Wow, this is a classic abstract! The shape and line remind me of the Guggenheim. You underestimate your talents. Have a nice break. I’m sure it will be good for the soul. I’ll be taking one as well, a little get away to Ohio in the next few weeks :^)

  3. Posted June 26, 2011 at 8:37 am by Dave | Permalink

    Looks like we’re having a block together..
    I haven’t been happy with my work lately, which is probably the biggest reason for my lack of posts. When I go out to shoot, I have a real hard time seeing the image and just become really unhappy with what I actually do capture.. I figured to myself hey a change is as good as a rest,
    So i bought myself a little rangefinder some film and i’m going to hit the streets and burn some film just capturing every day life. Keep your head up Chris the block will open sooner or later..

  4. Posted June 26, 2011 at 10:39 am by Farsad | Permalink

    Great abstract BW! I like the focus point on those eye-catching curves.

  5. Posted June 26, 2011 at 10:56 am by k@ | Permalink

    It’s a success more than an attempt of an abstract, Christopher, i love it not really knowing what it is (i don’t mind, i FEEL it), it’s very harmonious, like pages of a book in a mono i enjoy so much for its pure light. Have a delicious summer pause, and thanks for sharing this & everything you post here, it has been a delight, images & words, both !

  6. Posted June 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm by Marcie | Permalink

    Love this image!! And – I think your working your way out of your ‘box’ – is perfect. Getting stuck..and just sitting down and doing it – is all a part of the growing process. Well done!!!

  7. Posted June 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm by Mike Blanchard | Permalink

    …….and a hell of lot more effective I suspect. :) I’ve been suffering through a bit of this myself but unfortunately, I don’t have the same gift with words that you seem to have. I might add, it doesn’t seem like much of a down time to me…..your posts are always enjoyable and they just keep coming. This one is no exception. Great post Christopher.

  8. Posted June 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm by Phil Vaughn | Permalink

    Ah well, it happens to everyone at some point. We need the occasional breather. Shifting focus (sorry!) is a part of “re-visioning” what’s around us. Your photo is proof of that being in process, and your relating the struggle with words is really an encouragement for fellow strugglers.

  9. Posted June 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm by Ehsan Abbasi | Permalink

    I like this kind of photos and you’ve done it great!

  10. Posted June 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm by Michael | Permalink

    I quite like the abstract image you chose Christopher. And you know there’s nothing wrong with taking a break to get unstuck. I really admire those photobloggers who write and seem to never struggle with what to say. It’s a gift.

    Take your time, recharge your batteries and I’ll be here waiting to read about and see your adventures when you return.

  11. Posted June 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm by Frank | Permalink

    Beautiful work. Good idea for B/W.

  12. Posted June 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm by payam mohammadi | Permalink

    very nice, Great crop! i like abstract!

  13. Posted June 27, 2011 at 2:40 am by Kala | Permalink

    This is a very eye-catching abstract.

    I took over 400 photos today and didn’t really like any of them. Maybe I’m having some sort of block too!

  14. Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:14 am by Mr.Crab | Permalink

    very nice abstract photo..

  15. Posted June 27, 2011 at 4:07 am by fabrizio | Permalink

    what a beauty!!!!! i love this creativity, majestic photo, compliments my friend

  16. Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:41 am by Anny | Permalink

    This is a pretty neat abstract. Love the different tones… and the lines.. beautiful Chris!

    We all go through a bit of writer’s/photographer’s block sometimes… and its perfectly normal and ok.. we just have to take a much needed break from the ordinary… and just go on a roadtrip 😀 it works for me.

    Your photos have always been inspiring Chris… and your words.. much much more inspiring. You are a wonderful storyteller.

  17. Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:47 am by Stéfan Lévesque | Permalink

    I relate very well to your experience of writer’s block; yet you still wrote a great post. And… that is a delicious abstract image!

  18. Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:22 am by Rob | Permalink

    Fantastic abstract, inspiring work! I need to capture more images as you have done here. I have been on writer’s block for far too long. Years past, I would have pithy commentary to go along with my images. Now, I simply am blunt, writing what the image is. We will get through this.

  19. Posted June 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm by tamar | Permalink

    i love the abstract C. i have been going through a block with writing for a while, it would come easier before. and as for photography, i feelt he block sometimes and those are days when i leave the camera (at least the big one) at home. i am trying to learn not to force it. in a world where creativity has become instant we feel stress around not creating. however, stepping back and taking a break is so necessary for our creativity and you’ll come back stronger than ever i am sure!
    you know i love your writing and enjoy each post. have a wonderful break and enjoy the family!

  20. Posted June 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm by Corinna | Permalink

    First of all I think this is completely successful as an abstract. At first I was all WHAT IS IT? but then I settled into the unknowing and appreciated the line and rhythm and light.

    And, as much of a sucker as you know I am for the combination of word and image, I say give yourself permission to let it be whatever comes. I had a little bit of a hard time posting wordless entries at first, but now when I sit down to write and can think of nothing to say, I just release the image and call it good.

    This space is yours and should be a source of joy for you. If it is that, it will be a source of joy to all your loyal readers too.

  21. Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm by Carlos | Permalink

    Great abstract image.

  22. Posted June 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm by Daniel | Permalink

    Very nice shot. Your words really hit home for a lot of us. The creative life, while satisfying, can be very, very hard at times. Keep up the good work, and thanks for saying what some of us are feeling.

  23. Posted June 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm by Claus Petersen | Permalink

    There is something very hypnotic about this one!

  24. Posted June 28, 2011 at 7:59 am by faisal | Permalink

    excellent contrasts.

  25. Posted June 30, 2011 at 6:44 am by george | Permalink

    Image-wise and words-wise I think that you are doing yourself an injustice. In fact I think this post is a lovely minimalist shot.

    …and writing about “having nothing to write about” is a stroke of genius.

    I’ll send you a couple of handouts that may inspire you photographically…

  26. Posted June 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm by sherri | Permalink

    i know what you mean in your description, but words and image could have stood alone. fantastic shot.

  27. Posted July 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm by Bino / FramelessWorld | Permalink

    Cool. Abstract at its best. So simple yet classic. :)

  28. Posted July 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm by Rue Du Lavoir | Permalink

    Tu n’est pas obligé de te justifier ! 😉
    Ta photo est splendide et ton écriture est à l’image de tes photographies… Magnifique monochrome abstrait…

  29. Posted July 2, 2011 at 9:22 am by Krunal | Permalink

    Wonderful DOF

  30. Posted July 3, 2011 at 10:37 am by dedy iswanto (didex) | Permalink

    Amazing Picture with a wonderful Depth

  31. Posted July 4, 2011 at 8:26 am by Klaus | Permalink

    What a amazing play with the DOF, like the 3D charakter, great job Christopher

  32. Posted July 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm by Céline | Permalink

    Very nice shot !

  33. Posted July 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm by yz | Permalink

    breathtaking abstract!

  34. Posted July 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm by Simply Ness | Permalink

    Wow, another one. I think i like this better than the other one.

  35. Posted July 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm by Nik | Permalink

    This is a wonderful abstract and the focus, from soft to sharp, really draws the eye in across the photo.

  36. Posted July 14, 2011 at 5:25 am by Gemma | Permalink

    I’ve had a whole 6 weeks of nothing to say on my blog. Yet I refuse to blog out of guilt.
    As always Chris, your words and images inspire. Thank you.

  37. Posted July 14, 2011 at 7:51 am by andrey samolinov | Permalink

    Cool shot
    Wonderful composition and selective focus
    Great work

  38. Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm by d. k. sutton | Permalink

    Wow! Another excellent abstract! Well done!

  39. Posted July 20, 2011 at 4:21 am by Martina Egli | Permalink

    That is a beautiful abstract, I love the gentle curves and the different shades of grey. Brilliant work!

  40. Posted August 15, 2011 at 11:50 pm by Mirco | Permalink

    Beautiful work.

  41. Posted August 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm by Kevin | Permalink

    Great DOF ! I really love this shot !

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