Mistakes as an Excuse to Play
January 16, 2013
“Mistakes are the portals to discovery.”
– James Joyce
Here are a few of the out-takes from my photographing excursion to the Volunteer Park Conservatory.
I was inspired by Ellen J. Langer, who in her book On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself through Mindful Creativity, encourages readers to keep going when they make mistakes, use them as portals of discovery and play, and to incorporate them into their work.
I generally don’t want to mess about with what I consider my more successful photos, but I often do wind up with blurred or otherwise unsatisfactory shots. Rather than delete the ones from my Conservatory visit, I decided to stay with the images and play with some of Picasa’s photo-editing tools. Here are the before and after images: