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July 9, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Barely Focused

Self-Portrait in Metaphor

Self-Portrait in Metaphor

Do other photographers take photographs like this? Barely aware, do you find in your photograph downloads that there are a few photos that seem to be the sum of who you are at that moment? Not really self-portraits, no people in those photos, but self-portraits nonetheless. Maybe I’m mixing my poetry writing years with my photography years.  Can I do that?

So, can photographs be metaphors? My answer is yes.


  1. Joanna Young / Jul 9 2009 2:08 am

    I guess my answer would be ‘yes’ too. What a thought provoking picture and post Bo. Thank you.

  2. Anna Surface / Jul 9 2009 7:05 am

    Illuminating photo and post, Bo. I’m thinking now, pondering over my photos. Sure photographs can be metaphors. Indeed.

  3. burstmode / Jul 9 2009 7:57 am

    A photo is the intersection of time and space and ourselves.

  4. Gandalf / Jul 9 2009 8:10 am

    I can’t see how a piece of a good photographer doesn’t make its way into the keeper photos. I would expect part of the reason a photo is a keeper is by virtue of capturing a bit of the essence of the artist.

  5. Robin / Jul 9 2009 4:05 pm

    My answer would be yes.

    Very thought provoking post, Bo. I’ll be looking at some of my photos a bit differently from now on.

  6. montucky / Jul 9 2009 11:44 pm

    Many times. Bo.

  7. edvatza / Jul 12 2009 7:49 am

    Personally, I love photographs like this. I think a photograph captures a moment in time and all that goes into that moment – what you have in front of you, your mood, your thoughts, everything. As you have seen on my blog, sometimes I am in a portrait mood and sometimes I want to curl up inside the flower. This is a beautiful, moody image. Excellent job.

  8. Preston Surface / Jul 12 2009 10:14 am

    Don’t know about the metaphor, but the picture almost looks like a hologram. I love shots like this one.

  9. Debi / Jul 14 2009 10:21 am

    Very thoughtful, Bo. Interestingly, yesterday I was trying to capture some surprise lilies coming up on our bank and loved an out of focus view…but my camera wouldn’t allow me to take it for some reason. Made me cranky. Love this photo and your thoughts – I agree with you.

  10. Laurie / Jul 17 2009 1:30 pm

    I love this kind of image and the soft delicate grace of it.

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