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The Glitch? … how the mistake is becoming cool


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I was going through my email this week, I get a lot of emails from the organisations that I deal with for my stock images, to whom I submit. One of those is the well known Getty Images. Usually I am not so fussy about reading these mails but this weeks gave direction to a new venture which I felt was not only interesting, but brings opportunity to many a hobby Photographer.  That opportunity? what if you were aware that there is a market out there for your photographic gaffs? your mistakes? your oops messed that one right up?

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Well now it seems that there is … follow this link to the Getty site for a short article. The Glitch – Getty Images 

Take time to look at the sample images and also check more out here … Glitch Gallery – Getty Images

For what its worth, I don’t think all those are mistakes, some are by products of very deliberate methods, some may even be as intended.

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It seems that there is often beauty and interest in what is usually regarded as a poor or bad photography and I find this fascinating because it will be seen by many as a blot on the craft we all so love. But, think again, surely if the image has appeal, then it has achieved its purpose and if it has purpose … it has a use. Now Im not saying we shouldn’t strive to learn the craft of photography and cut any corners. What I am saying is that we perhaps should all take a second look at our cutting room floor, dark room bin or PC trash and perhaps we might find the odd gem in there. I did just that for all the images I show here in this post, bad timing, a slip of the arm on composing and simple accidental hitting of the shutter button are the reasons all these exist.

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Martin is a UK based Photographer, you can see more of him on the following links;

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