While I was studying photojournalism in Aarhus we did a reportage workshop with Peter Hove from Danish newspaper Politiken. He did something incredible cool that most photographers giving talks and workshops never do; he started out by showing stuff that had gone terribly wrong. It was incredibly liberating to sit in front of an accomplished photograher who wasn't affraid to admit, that things sometimes just doesn't work. I'm a strong believer in experimenting and taking chances and sometimes stuff just doesn't pan out.
One of the reason I got into wet plate was to loose some of the control over the process and the final results, which - I must say - has been fully accomplished. I'm constantly trying to get better at this, but I'm not interested in getting too good - the errors are part of the fun.
In that spirit I've put together some of the plates that have gone wrong in various ways.
Finally, I want to share this one with you. This is an un-fixed plate that came out bad and was left in the sun right after development. I found it after several hours in the sun. If you look carefully there's a slight, brown image behind all the craziness.