A couple of weeks ago I wrote about happy accidents. Today will be more about the unhappy accidents.
To make a long story short, I like to shoot 4×5 film with a pinhole camera, and whenever I travel anywhere, it’s one of the cameras I like to have with me because it just creates some truly cool images. While in Dublin, I used it to take pictures of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and decided to try something a little different. I put the camera just a couple of feet off of the ground and pointed not quite straight up, but close to it, shooting the front of the Cathedral. Below is the result of that shot. It could have been such a great image except I made a mistake. I did not get the shutter fully out of the lens’ way, so as you see, part of the Cathedral is blocked.
Such a cool image that will not be because of a silly mistake. Initially I was really upset by this, but then I decided to turn it into a learning experiencing (and you can bet I’ll be very careful in the future to be sure I always have the shutter completely open). The odd thing is, if I had over or under exposed the shot, I wouldn’t have been all that upset and just looked at it to figure out how I should have adjusted my timing. It’s because the exposure was dead on that it irritated me so to have made such a silly mistake. But lesson learned.
I truly believe that there is no such thing as a bad mistake. Mistakes make us who we are, allowing us to grow. Mistakes also mean we tried. The tragedy would be to not keep trying due to our mistakes.