This Image is a Lie - Jared Luther

So I've been wondering.  Is this art?  It's a total whiff of a long-exposure shot.  When taking long-exposures, you have be tack sharp on the focus.  One way to handle that is to take the time to manually focus.  In this case, I set the camera to manual focus, but forgot to actually focus the lens.  But I found the result kind of cool and interesting, so I kept it.  

Can we mistakenly create art?  One definition of art is "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination."  Well, here's my expression of creative skill - I screwed up the focus!  Italian film director Federico Fellini said "All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography."  This is my autobiography.  I didn't intend it.  But you and me both have done a lot of unintended things in our lives.  I would guess some of those things we would even now consider precious to us.  

"We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth." – Pablo Picasso 

This image is a lie.  It's not a realistic representation of the scene.  It's not what the photographer intended.  It's not worth saving and should have been deleted as a mistake.  But through it I have realized truths - I'm not a perfect photographer (duh! But still a truth), there is beauty in the abstract, the unintended, the mistakes.  There is something in all human creations worth keeping or celebrating.  If this "lie" helped me realize these "truths," than by Picasso's definition - this is art.  

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