Today I came across Harold Lloyd. It is a frosty late autumn day and he’s photography suddenly makes me shi’ver. No, I’m not talking about that Harold Lloyd (1893-1971), the American movie actor who turned to nude photography. I’m talking about Harold from Flikr, the “bokehddict“.
This photo is called “My name is Harold and I am a bokehddict”
Flower photography is for most people something too simple, too usual and except for the fact that it looks good on postcards, or inside books and calenders, it represents nothing creative to the photography community. But Harold’s work is different. He’s pictures of flower and trees are a masterpiece of color and shapes that give you strong emotions behind the usual.
I totally agree with Isabell’s Lafrance oppinion about Harold: he is a defined a master at creating magical bokehs. Isabelle: “He can take you to dark, lonely places or to enchanted dreamy heavens with every upload. He is a faithful, funny contact. But don’t be misled by his bokehs, as he once said, he is not only flowers and bokeh!”
Take the time to visit his photo stream on flikr. I’m sure you will be amazed at every shot!
The aperture seams to me to be the secret of his photography, so I looked over to see that photo gear does Harold use. Here’s he’s statement: “40D. 50mmf/1.4. That’s about it, really. Very rare that there’s something else on the front of the camera. Possibly a toilet roll here and there, but that’s another story.”
I’ve been a bokehddict for some time now. I started off just doing the odd one here and there. Nothing dangerous, I thought. I can cope with this. I could stop anytime. I had the right kind of lens, that’s all – but when I look back now, I can see that everything was just right to encourage it, to feed the habit.
And then it all started to get more frequent. It might be every other day. Then every day. Then most shots. It was just bokeh, bokeh, bokeh.
Then I fell in with some others. They were addicts too. And it was all good, you know? There wasn’t any problem. We would all bokeh together. There was a site for it! We had groups where we’d bokeh. Lots of groups. Special days for special kinds of bokeh. But we thought there was nothing wrong with it! We’d celebrate the really good stuff. Breath it in and inhale it, bokeh after bokeh after bokeh after bokeh! Such a rush when those sparkles just fell into place, when that hazy background smoothly showed just what I wanted.
And now? Now I can’t stop. I need that bokeh fix. I have to make those spots show me their worth. I plead with them to give me what I want. I’m dreaming in little dots of light.
My name is harold. I need help.
Don’t you even dare to stop Harold!
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