Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

Friends

Two friends sharing a ride.

I was waiting patiently for something interesting to happen on the street, looking through the viewfinder of my camera while squatting on the small staircase on the rooftop of my home in Kolkata. It was a summer afternoon and the heat had ensured that most humans were inside their adobe, leaving the streets empty. After a long wait, I finally saw two boys (friends I assume) approaching on a bicycle. Although the subject was not very interesting, I almost felt like I hit upon an oasis after the long wait, prompting me to immediately visualize the scene in a very idyllic setting — I didn’t care about the details any more, all I wanted was to capture the feeling. I felt that the best way to capture the feeling at that moment was to move away from a sharp photograph. I reduced the shutter speed and shook the camera just a little to get the impressionistic effect.

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