About this project

In Pursuit of Error is a practice research project which investigates the potential of the photographic mistake.  This site is a place to retain and consider the errors that occur in everyday photography practice and a visual resource for my research and writing.  I am particularly interested in the ephemerality of the digital error, which is often deleted before it ever sees the light of day.

The project started in 2014 with a call for contributions of photographic mistakes: images which are blurred, out of focus, under or over-exposed, distorted or failed in some way. These early contributions showed me what errors were or could be, and helped me think about what I mean by ‘error’ and whether all errors were accidental.

In 2015 I showed images from the project at the Internet Technologies and Applications conference at Wrexham Glyndwr University, Wales and in 2016 I presented research emerging from the project at The Post Screen International Festival of Art, New Media and Cybercultures in Lisbon.  I delivered a paper on IPE at Helsinki Photomedia 2018 and have published an article about the error in photography in the inaugural issue of MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture.  You can read the articles/papers here: Writing the Error

Contributions to the project are always welcome.

Email digital images (max 1MB) to tracypiperwright (at) gmail (dot) com with your full details including website links etc so that I can credit you on the site.  Tell me about your image(s):  how they occurred (whether accidentally or deliberately) and why they are ‘errors’ for you.  If you want to send prints drop me an email and I’ll let you know the address to send them to.  You can also submit images via the IPE Blog: http://inpursuitoferror.tumblr.com/submit


Tracy Piper-Wright

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