HAPPY (DARKROOM) ACCIDENTS RESCUED FROM THE BIN

HAPPY ACCIDENTS & UNEXPECTED RESULTS

Following on from my post about found negatives the other day: The Joy of Found Photographs I thought I would follow it up with some more found things!

This time it is from my periodic bin diving! At the end of each college day, I pack up and clear up the darkrooms from their heavy day of student led abuse. There are the inevitable discarded prints and abandoned photographs strewn in sinks, floors, bins & crevices.  Most of them are not worth a second look, but occasionally, lurking beneath the trash is a thing of pure beauty.

Something I love about the analogue process is its ability to produce a completely unexpected result.  A combination of events take place that merge mistake, chemical reaction, light and a myriad of other possibilities and produce something that would have been nigh on impossible to conceive of and create deliberately.

Out of chaos comes beauty – a happy accident.

When I come across such gems, I rescue them from the wilderness and enjoy their random aesthetic.  I thought I would share three of these recent finds with you reader – so you too can bask in the glory of the unexpected!

Sometimes you can’t beat the unexpected.

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