31 May 2011

to err is divine

las vegas, 2009

las vegas, 2009

I know that’s not how the saying goes but, for me, there is something alluring about mistakes. Errors—whether purposeful or due to a lack of skill—are a much-mined subject. Consider designers' obsession with vernacular signage, the datamoshing trend in music videos (via www.kottke.org) or this book.

Photography with toy cameras has been my method of introducing unpredictability into the image-making process, but I have always heavily edited the results, casting aside prints with flaws I considered “too overt” or “too messy”. After a second look, however, I offer up these idiosyncratic and potentially impenetrable photographs taken over the years with my plastic Diana.

the badlands, 2009

the badlands, 2009

cape cod, 2010

cape cod, 2010

cape cod, 2010

cape cod, 2010

taken with the lomo in connecticut, 2005

taken with the lomo in connecticut, 2005

las vegas, 2009

las vegas, 2009

los angeles, 2008

los angeles, 2008

huntington gardens, 2010

huntington gardens, 2010

south carolina, 2008

south carolina, 2008