A Happy Accident


One of the many joys of lomography is the occurrence of a “happy accident.” Basically, this happens when somewhere along the process of capturing or developing an image, something malfunctioned or went wrong – an accident. Normally, we view accidents as something negative. However, there are instances wherein the resulting product of such mishap is far more profound and exciting as it would have if the entire process went smoothly.

Credits: renenob

Above is a recent photo of mine that captures entirely the essence of a “happy accident.” There was absolutely no intention on my part to perform any trick, or whatsoever. This photo was taken by an Olympus XA. Somehow, when I advanced the film it did not fully proceed to the next frame, but was enough, such that I was able to press the shutter. This does not normally happen to this particular camera; it is actually mechanically impossible given the existing mechanism of the XA. Nevertheless it happened by accident. The result, an over lapping image, that says so such more compared to what two separate images could have expressed. In Gestalt expressions: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!” It’s kind of poetic too; which led me to naming it “A Coner in the Sky.” An irony of sorts (the sky does not have corners). And yes, the poet is very happy indeed!

So go out there and shoot, and appreciate and enjoy your future delightful misfortunes!

written by renenob on 2011-03-24


  1. renenob
    renenob ·

    where is the photo I embeded?

  2. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    I love happy accidents!