This is a post I wrote deep in the 2008 financial crisis. This period, up until 2020, was the most anxiety-plagued time of my long life. I sought diversion then, the same way I seek diversion today, by photographing Morning Glories. What I’ve realized today is that selective focus is a fundamental survival skill.
The image above was sandwiched between a series I was shooting on morning glories (the flower). I didn’t see this through the viewfinder, but I did press the button. I was in macro mode with my lens and the world is always unexpected when you are so close to an object.
I was going to delete it because it was in no way a recognizable morning glory.
Then, after the past few days of the world being a little too much in focus and recognizable, I decided to look at it again. If for no other reason than beneath what I thought was a morning glory is a whole other mysterious world that hints at intelligence and whimsy and, most importantly, NOT panic.
I’m going to stay in this world for a while and delete the photographs in focus.
Here are a few more within my macro lens. It is my survival skill in scary times.
©Pat Coakley 2008
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