Me and Photographic Mistakes
This is one of my first attempts at experimental photo manipulation. I’d usually call this multiple exposure, but then that wouldn’t be exactly true.
I shoot a lot of mistake photos. If you know me, I’m the type who will shoot hundreds of photos in a single day. Street walks will usually take me the whole day to produce at least 5-10 good photographs. If needs be, I’d stay in the same spot, taking 20 photos of the same subject until I get one I’m satisfied with. That’s why I hardly foray into the practice of film photography, I’m envious of people who can confidently shoot with only 36 shots or less in a single roll of film. Some teachers have taught me that it’s bad practice, to spoil oneself in shooting gratuitous quantities, that I’m actually training myself to be less critical of my framing and composition.
I agree, but it’s a hard habit to break, especially when I’ve trained myself for many years to always start a shoot with an empty memory card, taking in images at a mere Medium quality. Some have wondered why I rarely choose RAW as a setting, I think I’d rather use the space for more photos. I’ll rid myself of this habit soon enough, but for now let me enjoy my mistakes.
It’s refreshing to appreciate photos that aren’t always postcard-perfect. An accidental head (the case in this photo), an awkward crop at some body part, off-balance framing, underexposed light, misfocused subjects, these are the photos we immediately delete upon one glance at the camera screen. But I don’t know, I think of it like this: anyone can shoot a perfectly-placed shot of some place, but the mistake will always be distinctly mine.