About useless photographs is about embracing imperfections, exploring the value of unsuccessful pictures and giving them a second chance. It opposes the current standards of digital photography and encourages to accept and admire flaws in the world that desires perfection.
The publication consists of a selection of images taken between 2017 and 2020 with analogue cameras. The photographs are accompanied by a short text.
Softcover, 210x260mm, 44 pages
First edition, July 2020
The idea for this publication was born after years of believing that only high-quality images are worth something. My approach towards photography has changed, and I have begun questioning digital photography and its values after I started using my dad's old analogue camera that is being passed down in my family. One day, I got a roll of very blurry pictures back from a photo lab. Usually, I would move on and forget about the frames I'm not happy with, but this time I kept coming back to these scans. Seeing them together and not among better photos, not comparing them to more successful shots made me fascinated by this collection of useless photos. I have started thinking about the factors that make a particular image worthless, and I pulled out my archive of negatives and searched for other pictures I have never paid attention to because I considered them useless. Gathering them all and looking at them in a different context helped me appreciate them. I have learnt to embrace the poor image, accept the failure and find inspiration in it.
I worked on this book for over 6 months. Below, I am showing some of the prototypes which were crucial in the process of making the book.
I have printed them digitally and hand-bound them myself.
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