The last of my three photo challenges I thought would be the most difficult. Not because the task itself was difficult, at least not by the words, which described the challenge, themselves, but more so, the mental process needed to accomplish it. As expected, fewer answered the challenge this time and sent a photo or a link to a photo. I was almost surprised – and very happy as a matter of fact – that a few of you my dear readers actually did participate. Kudos to you!
To recap: The challenge was to go out and deliberately photograph ugly and erroneous photos. Create something not only to break all the «established rules» as in the previous challenge, but actually with the intention to make ugly photo. By the first look, this may look like a dim-witted challenge. Why would you take ugly photos? The thing is, we who take photography seriously, often take it too seriously. And that serious approach too often inhibit seeing and capturing the world in a different light – literally and figuratively. We stick to what we know from a long life of photographing, will work. We get stuck in the same old rut.
This challenge is one way to get out of the rut. As anyone who has tried making ugly photos knows, this is very hard, not actually doing, but doing it deliberately. You have to break with everything you believe is right in the capturing process, you have to go against yourself and the backbone feeling that this far has governed your photographic approach. However, once you have tried to intentionally making ugly photos, it’s liberating. You are able to let go of any pretentions and whatever you have established as truths. Suddenly a whole new world is opening up to you. You can go wherever you want from there, photographically speaking. The ugly photos you collect in your camera might end up being nothing but ugly, but the experience itself is profound and may change the way you photograph hereafter.
Moreover, as you can see from the photos from the participants, every so often something very captivating can come out of the process itself. As with the challenges before, I won’t comment the individual photos, but again I would love to read any thoughts you may have.
Finally, I would like to thank the photographers who dared take up on this challenge. Their photos are shown in the order they were posted.