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Perfect Imperfection | Gizella Nyquist


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Fine art phtographer,

The next set of pictures are also mostly out of focus and very soft. But that is precisely what I like about them, because I am very much drawn to painterly pictures, especially when it comes to flowers. I was able to create these thanks to the

In my next two examples, thanks to my great models Destiny and Stormy, I can show how well the Lensbaby lens helped to focus on the eyes of the cats, and gradually blur out the rest of the image. The only post-processing was converting them into black and white.

Similarly to the above pictures, I purposely placed the focus on a small area on these images, and the milky, soft bokeh was created by the lenses I used:

Sometimes, the imperfection is in the subject, but thanks to my LB lenses, I can still capture their former beauty in a unique way. (

Lensbaby lenses will give you the opportunity to show something in a totally different way or #seeinanewway. You look at these pictures and know exactly what I photographed, but what you see is very imperfect, since it is completely different from the usual presentation. But this makes the pictures so cool.

I need to finish my post with a very personal thought about imperfection. In my whole life, Ive struggled with trying to be perfect for everything and everybody. It started in my childhood when people around me had very high expectations of me that I needed to live up to. I continued this struggle after I moved to the States, and having an accent in my English really didnt help. I always felt less than others because I couldnt say things the way they could. Then came photography. If my images were not tack sharp, they were an instant throw-away.

But one day, back in December of 2017, I placed my first Lensbaby lens on my camera and started experiencing the freedom of imperfection. I still use traditional lenses for certain topics (theater and travel photography, or when I have very little time to make the shots), but I feel liberated by the various kinds of imperfection the LB lenses give me when I create images with them.

This picture says it all about my feelings for the lenses that allow me to make art where emotion is most important than perfection. Thank you Lensbaby for helping me become more imperfect!

Check out more of Gizella's work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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