I'm reading Robin Kelsey's book on chance in photography, and in one chapter he focuses attention on Julia Margaret's Cameron's allowing chance to show clearly in her work (he calls the chapter on her work "Julia Margaret Cameron transfigures the glitch." Chance certainly plays a (large) role in photography. Some time ago a barge became stranded on St Pete beach (the Gulf at low tide leaves a lot of beach just barely or not covered by water). I thought that might make an interesting image: I like old rusty hulks anyway so one stranded on the beach sounded like a good possibility. But when I got there, the tide was in and so instead of sitting on the sand, it was off in the distance. And yet . . . It's sort of interesting, I think. Especially with the strong waves and the light shining on the water—and the barely recognizable barge (and I think the other boat meant to pull it off the beach) there right on the edge between sea and sky. Not a "perfect" image perhaps, but still interesting perhaps because of "glitches."
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