One of the things I like most about working creatively is the solitude of it. Not necessarily socially but mentally. Creativity quiets mental clutter. It’s like relaxation techniques for the mind - quieting first these distractions, then these over here, until finally we’re focused in on a single vision, the rest of existence shuffled far into the peripheral, all nonsense save that being created.
The relevance of clarity is sometimes misunderstood in floral compositions (honestly I find this important in most macro photography). Yes, it’s important the primary subject be quite sharp, or at least SOME of the primary subject, but flowers are so thin and delicate that too much sharpness imparts a disquieting sense of hardness. Sharpness imposes art, whereas softness, especially combined with backlighting, facilitates art. But it’s a fine line because too little clarity can simply appear blurred. Using a short focal plane when capturing the photograph may facilitate the effect because it reduces the range of sharpness within the composition. But there again, miss too far and it’s just a blurry photography. It a question of managing the light and the clarity until the art emerges.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.