Last week I was in Haldon Forest with Exeter Community Initiatives on a team building day. I didn’t have my DSLR with me, but, as usual, I had my smartphone in my pocket and took a few photographs to document the day. One of the images that struck me was the result of a mobile phone camera glitch. Occasionally my phone camera does weird things and glitches, producing odd images. I find this fascinating, from an artistic standpoint, and some of the images can turn out to be accidentally quite beautiful. The image above is one of those serendipitous photographs.
It usually requires a reboot (or two) of my phone to rid it of the problem, which, unless I’m in the mood to take advantage of it, usually just gets in the way of taking the photos that I want to take. In this case the camera had been playing up, and as I was pointing it up at the towering conifers above me, with their tops partly obscured by the ubiquitous mist, the camera refused to focus but took the photo anyway. The result is a serene, atmospheric, almost other-worldly abstract view of the forest.
One day, when I get a few more of these interesting, abstract glitches, I’ll post the best of them in a gallery. In the meantime, if this happens to your smartphone camera, take a moment to have a good look at the photograph before deleting it. You may find something beautiful has come out.