What the…?

Parking lot, Victoria, B.C. (Camera: Olympus XA; Film: Ilford XP2 Super 400)

Ever develop a roll of film and find an image that leaves you scratching your head and wondering what the heck you were thinking? This is one of those for me.

I have no idea now what I was aiming for when I pressed the shutter this time. Was it some juxtaposition of lines/shapes that caught my eye? Perhaps I found desolation of the empty parking lot appealing at the time? Maybe the scene made more sense in colour? Could it just be accidental misfire? No idea. Still, I’ve probably spent more time looking at this photo and pondering its meaning than I do most pictures I take that actually work out. And isn’t that supposed to be the hallmark of a good picture?

Click here to read my review of the Olympus XA.

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3 Responses to What the…?

  1. Jim Grey says:

    It happens. I just got a roll back from the processor where half the photos are like that.

  2. JF Bonnin says:

    This is still happening to me rather frequently : a 69-years-old man’s memory is sometimes blurred.
    I’m relieved to be not that alone !!
    Thanks for your website.

  3. John C. says:

    I know why you took this photo. Look at the white van, it’s next to a white building, and the dark car is parked on dark asphalt. It’s as if each vehicle belongs in it’s own area that it controls. At least that’s what I thought. As if the vehicles are holding on to their own territories.