I was shooting for my series Lace and somehow managed to triple expose this negative. At first I was super disappointed because I was really excited for these three frames! I shot around 20 sheets of film that day and as I was processing film I kept waiting for these shots to emerge… And then I discovered this little mishap. I felt rather foolish for making such a beginner’s mistake, but then I began to receive some unexpected feedback. I posted the image to Instagram in a late night rage, but all the comments were about how cool it was. The following week I took it to a professor for critique and she too said that it was a beautiful and dynamic image, intriguing in a way that was quite different from my other work.
Receiving this feedback gave me a different view of this “mistake.” I realized that this is one of the things that I absolutely love about film – it allows for the most beautiful mistakes. There is a thrilling element of chance involved when shooting film. Each time I load a roll of film or have my hands dipped in developer I find myself silently praying to the film gods that everything goes as planned. Most of the times it does, but occasionally things go wrong – this element of chance is both the blessing and the curse of shooting film. I came to realize that this is one of the many reasons I love to shoot film – I just wish all my mistakes could turn out this beautifully.