Phailed Photo’s on Phriday


Schoen. Stoeptegels.

© Rick Ruhland 2018




Failed photographs on Friday

This week I was taking some pictures with my smart phone, like I often do. I do have about a dozen real camera’s but I don’t have them with me all the time. So when I go out, taking a walk, I take pictures of something in the streets in the neighbourhood that is deviating, and I must say, a lot of the time it is debris, waste,  discarded stuff. A broken mirror, letters from the city council, some turf from the garden, a doll with one arm and one eye, the packaging of LCD-TV, a christmas tree. It could be anything big or small, as long as it fascinates me. For me, fascinate is a word to describe the tension between the normal, the not so normal and the outright bizar.

Sometimes, the camera in my phone is taking pictures without me knowing it. We tend to throw these pictures away, because in this digital age, they are not good enough. These pictures are not how we want pictures to be: ideal, beautiful, flawless. On my blog, I want to give those pictures a face. A voice. A place to be.

Here’s today’s ‘Failed photograph on Friday’:


It has no meaning, that’s what I like about it. No idea what it is. I like that to.

Let’s all honour these orphans of photography. Give them a place to live.

© Rick Ruhland 2018



‘Failed Photographs’

Nowadays, we can make an unlimited amount of photo’s with our digital camera’s, smart phones and tablets. We can take 100’s, 1000’s or even more pics every day. We can delete those that we don’t fancy. Unlike in the ‘analogue’ age, photo’s we don’t like are put in the waste bin of, for example, our tablet. Straight away. No hesitation whatsoever.

That’s a pity. Because a lot of those photo’s are some sort of art in themselves. Failed doens’t mean failed. It’s is just another representation of the world. A different view on reality. Maybe even a different reality in itself. Like the way bipolar people see the world in their manic episodes.

So, I would like to make a statement for those ‘homeless pics’. I will post pics like that every once in while. Give pics a chance.


© Rick Ruhland 2018