This photograph was an attempt to take a picture of my ear canal when it was sore. I tried to control my smartphone in front of a mirror, using a flash. During the couple of minutes that I allocated for this task, I was not able to adjust the camera angle properly, hence, I was not able to look into my ear. Moreover, the focussing caused me some trouble, as the camera needed to be further away.
When taking the picture, the squared ceiling lamp on the the male toilet accidentally got in focus, suggesting a foreign object floating above my ear. The subject matter, composition and overall aesthetic captured my attention in a strange way.
This images is part of a series with the same error. It is shot on colour film and is a result (I think) of the first frame of the roll being exposed when loaded. It only affects the first frame of the negative and creates a really interesting tension and opposition within the image as well as draws attention to the materiality of the film and, especially in the case of this image, its volatility and susceptibility to light and heat.
I am really drawn to the sense of burning in the border created from over exposure during loading (I think?!) and speaks to me of the transient nature of film, as a document, as a moment, as an artefact in decay as soon as it is fixed.
My images were taken as part of my ongoing research and experiments with perception of space, light and movement. Shift 1 is a digital image of a sheet of blue acetate with a piece of black card placed onto a studio window. Shift 2 is of a piece of perforated card also placed onto a window.
Unlike the human eye, the camera lens had difficulties focusing on the dark the pieces of card on the window alongside the more transparent, extensive space beyond the window. I took the photographs anyway to see what would happen.
The resulting images cause further visual confusion, this time between the eye and the brain in their attempt to bring at least one part of the image into focus. Shift 2 causes an disconcerting state of perpetual cognitive switching between the two vastly contrasting spaces presented. This causes continual shift of the image beyond its boundaries unable to be ‘fixed’.
I love traditional photography and it took me awhile to get used to the digital space as the warmth and errors are rarely there. I use Instagram a lot to try and replicate these but my favourites are when it happens accidentally and without filters and frills.
I always loved the philosophy that we are in a series of ‘nows’ that are all linked together. I feel that when I get shots like these I am finding the hidden ‘in between’ of ‘nows’ like time travel.
These are a range of images which have arisen by accident. I have ASD and I love to find details in the world around me. The problem is that sometimes my attention span or quest for the smaller detail out-paces my phone camera’s capabilities. This results in some abstractions which I feel are artistic in themselves. In the world of digital photos, these ‘mistakes’ can be beautiful in their own right.
This image happened while waiting for my hair stylist at a salon. Using the “panorama” option in the iPhone photo app, I ignored following a smooth horizontal flow to guide the camera eye from left to right, but instead shifted the focal point erratically in every direction beyond the guided line, even moving in reverse. I am quite satisfied with this “error.”
This image was shot while I was doing street photography in Amsterdam.
I shot it while standing outside a restaurant and photographing through the window.
The difference in white balance, the effect of the window glass, the internal lighting and setting combined to create an image that looks almost like a painting.
I knew it had the potential to make a good street photograph, but I really wasn’t expecting it to look like this.
This image was an attempt to use a long exposure to capture the movement of the grass but the settings were wrong and the image was over-exposed and poorly focused. However, I think the soft, pastel effect created by the error is quite appealing.
This shot was taken when I was photographing a Lindy hop festival. The error occurred because I took this indoors when my camera was still set to outdoor settings.
The ‘look’ of the shot is (I think) due to the white balance setting, ISO noise and a high F stop.
There is no post processing other than some tinkering on Lightroom around highlights, lowlights etc. Nothing more than you would expect for the average image, and absolutely no filters.
Barbara Bryn Klare
This image is a blurred lower right section of a John Gossage (b. New York, 1946) collage from the series “Hey, Fuckface” shown at Casemore Kirkby in San Francisco. John Gossage is a photographer noted for exploring under-recognized elements of the urban environment, abandoned tracts of land, debris and garbage.
The series consists of collages made from silver gelatin prints and torn-up, used craft paper with handwritten epithets—aimed at pre-Superfund sites found on Staten Island and upstate New York, pointing to the U.S. government’s mishandling of toxic waste around the country. The Superfund is a federal program designed to fund the cleanup of toxic wastes. It is highly controversial and rife with concerns about the fairness of its liability provisions and the Environmental Protection Agency’s record of cleanup competency.
My image is an “error” made by mistake—about a collage that is about gross errors and mistakes on the part of the United States government—and about future mishaps yet to be. Ironically, I saved it at the highest resolution possible. An error, about now and future errors, saved for posterity, of the best quality.