I was paging through Marcel Van der Vlugt's book 'Beauty and other secrets' because I remembered some special portraits of him and wanted to refresh my mind. In his book Marcel quoted a few lines that made me thing about my personal project and some reactions I received. Marcel writes : "People often judge your images in a very strange way. When they say interesting, what they really mean is that they think your pictures are lousy. When they say your images are very strong they mean they are too good for them or they just don't understand. When they call your images really beautiful, you know you have classic."
The project I'm working on is about abuse, pain and repel women can feel or even live with and at the the sensuality they express (at all times). The images are unsharp on purpose because (just like you see in work of Paolo Roversi, Anton Corbijn and Lorenzo Castore for example) it is not the intention to recognise or focus on parts of the details but rather feel the emotion and see the contradiction.
So I wonder, do pictures have to be razor sharp to be really beautiful?