There is a chasing scene in Chungking Express directed by Wong Kar-Wai. The character is clear in focus and the background is all blurred. The scene stops for a second when the character moves a step. There are tens of seconds of one-second-one-scene with a waltz like quick music. Fleeing becomes dancing and the movie becomes an impressionist painting.
The background of that chasing scene is compressed into pure color. The ‘noise’ of background is low to minimum and the emotion of the character can be felt more strongly.
A noisy chasing scene turns into a poetic like, painting like, dream like poet. That’s the magic of blur.
Long before the age of photography, the impressionist paintings always blurs into colors.
Layers of layers colors release feelings and become background, people and emotion.
Everything has its own boundary. Our body separates ‘me’ and ‘everything beside me’.
But this boundary can be broken with a slow shutter or a pair of shaking hands in photography.
The bodies are blending with the surrounding and the colors are mixing together.
What would be left behind if the boundary be broken?
Would the truth be spoken?
Would there be a soul?
Some photos of this ‘Blur series’ are taken on purpose and some by accident.
A pair of shaking hands bring happy mistakes :)
Impressionist drawing by unknown artist
Make a living June 2011 in Mong Kok, Hong Kong
The ladies in this photo are standing in a straight line and holding billboards and promotion leaflets.
They have to stand outside a crowd MTR station in Hong Kong under a hot summer sun and stuffy air for long hours.
It is not a pleasant job. And the days go on as it is.
I was very annoyed when I seized myself out of the crowd MTR station and saw the ladies block the way.
The ladies who have to stand long hours under hot sun and the pedestrians who were blocked are BOTH exhausting and annoying.
Life is tired here.
I didn’t use a tripod in this photo, just slower the shutter and steady my hands and shoot.
Standing Policeman April 2014 in China
That is a music night. Everyone is walking in relax but the policeman has to stand in one position. A contrast form.
Again I didn’t use a tripod in this photo, just slower the shutter and steady my hands and shoot.
Dancing September 2011 in Hong Kong
This photo is totally a surprise! I was very lucky to be in the right place, in the right time and do the right thing (shoot the photo of course;))
A happy dancing child and a tired mother…
Circling February 2013 in Hong Kong
This photo is again a surprise. I was lucky enough to shoot the photo just as it happen. And the shaking luckily form a circle.
Halloween Lady October 2009 in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
January 2013 in Hong Kong
September 2011 in China
June 2016 in Changbai Mountain