2018 – Embracing The Blur

If you follow my blog you’ll know that each year I like to set myself a theme. I’m not good at sticking to projects that need a certain sort of image in a set time frame, but a loose theme for a year really helps my creativity and if ever I’m stuck for ideas it gives me something to come back to.

I started in 2016 with 52 Weeks of Quiet and through that discovered an unexpected love of still life photography.

2017 was my Year of Unconventional Lenses when I aimed to shoot more with my neglected Lensbabies and vintage lenses and that had even more unexpected outcomes. I was published on PetaPixel twice and DigitalRev, the lovely Lenbaby people got in touch and sent me various lenses to try, I had an article in The Big Photo magazine and I was one of the photographers featured in the Lensbaby Makers series. I fell in love with the Lensbaby Velvet lenses and my camera now rarely has an autofocus lens attached!

So what’s to come for 2018?

I’ve been thinking about this for such a long time and I’ve decided that this year I’m “Embracing The Blur”. It was the blurriness that first drew me to Lensbabies (many years ago) but I’ve gradually slipped away from creating images with a lot of blur.

So I’m kicking off my year of Embracing The Blur with a set of “still life self portraits”….

Janet Broughton, Self Portraits, Embrace The Blur

I’ve been toying with the idea of “still life selfies” for a little and since I’d much rather be blurred if I most be in a photo so the theme gives me the perfect excuse to experiment!

This year I’ll also be working on a portfolio of landscape images that are very different to anything I’ve done before, they will be for sale as fine art prints and art cards but I’m not sure I’m ready to share any of those just yet!

If you are looking for a project for this year and like the idea of a structure and community to share it with why not join in with the Project 52? You can read about it here and it’s not too late to join in, just start from the current week or backtrack and catch up.

If you have a new project of your own for 2018 I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


  • Henrietta

    Love the blur too. My friends used to tease me about my out of focus pics, they didn’t understand. It has become My thing . I’ve never tried Lensbabies. I just turn off the AF. Love your blog.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Henrietta! Yes I agree, turning off the autofocus is a good way to get some lovely blur. I just enjoy the flexibility of Lensbabies 🙂