"So sorry it's a wee bit blurred."

At a thrift store, I found this photo with a message written on the back: "So sorry it's a wee bit blurred."



I was taken with the portrait and especially the apologetic sentiment, and I started looking through the tray of old photos for other occasions blurrily recorded. They were harder to find than you might think; most people throw out blurry photos because they are "bad." But a lack of focus can be lovely. And in this case, with photos that have parted ways with their original owners for a variety of reasons, some of them sad, the softness of the images evokes a lost moment, one that was fading into the past even as it was happening…