"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept" - Henri Cartier-Bresson

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"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept" - Henri Cartier-Bresson
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I normally like to get my pictures as sharp as possible and I often discard images just because they are not sharp enough (for whatever reason). I suspect the well-known quote from HCB was probably intended to be somewhat provocative, but I also think that it does highlight a truth that an unsharp image may sometimes be a winner. In these days of really outstandingly good cameras, it is easy to forget this.

I very rarely set out with the aim of taking images that are deliberately unsharp (except in some very particular circumstances like smoothing the surface of water with long exposures). However, I sometimes accidentally get unsharp images (either out of focus, or with motion blur) that I like better than a perfectly sharp image of the same subject.

Do you ever get accidentally blurred images that you prefer to the sharp ones?

Do you ever deliberately set out to take unsharp images of some subjects? If so, what sort of subjects and why?

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