Distorted Beauty

My very first blog entry is for a photography community and blog circle called "Distorted Beauty", that I belong to. We will explore creating beauty while purposefully breaking general rules of photography , based on bi-weekly themes. Our first theme is blur, which I happen to love !

Impressions of a rose

I choose to photograph a rose, a thing of beauty in itself, surely, but also a contradiction with its prickly thorns causing pain. Many poets were inspired by this fact , like Anne Brönte who writes in her  poem "the Narrow Way":

On all her breezes borne,
Earth yields no scents like those;
But he that dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.

I wanted to portray the beauty of a rose, but in a less obvious way. Devoid of colour and focus. I ended up with several impressions of a rose, one more abstract than the other, but all reveal her beauty to me.

I am curious to know which one you prefer?