- reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original: "the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast" · [more] "upcyled furniture"
Every summer, Seattle's Fremont neighborhood hosts a summer solstice parade. The event is famous for packing the parade route with highly creative homemade floats, nude bicyclists wearing only body paint and smiles, and spectators of all ages.
Not long after purchasing my first DSLR (Canon Rebel xti), I ended up moving to that part of town. When the day for the parade came around I decided to take my camera and go check it out. I snapped photos all afternoon. When I got back to my place and loaded the images on to my computer, I quickly noticed I had committed two major rookie mistakes;
1. I rarely peeked at the viewfinder to see how the photos were turning out.
2. I relied exclusively on that little viewfinder and not histogram, focal point, etc.
The result was a memory card full of photos that were pretty much unusable for a combination of reasons. Some were out of focus, poor white balance, accidental exposure compensation, etc. Rather than "select all" and "delete" I decided one day to try and create something loosely resembling fine art with one of my photo rejects.
Here's the result:
This got me thinking about other photo rejects I might be able to "upcycle."
Give it a shot and share your results!
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