Hello world

Santolo Felaco


In the programming manuals “Hello World” is the first line of code that is taught to “print” on the display. It is a sort of initiation rite and in some way acts as a good omen, so it felt right to use it as a title for this first article.
As is well known, digital photography is affected by hyper-production which leads each photographer to collect a multitude of shots, sometimes serial ones. This has given a greater importance to the selection process, in which the photographer stands as judge to determine the fate of each photo. At this stage most of the images are kept out of a selection for any useful purpose. Now a question arises: why does a photograph get discarded? 

“why does a photograph get discarded?”

Photos from "Aritmia" by Fabrizio Quagliuso

There can be several answers or even none to the question. The photograph can be excluded because it is not “good”, not suitable for the selection you want to make, a similar one has already been chosen, it is “wrong” or there is a hidden and instinctive reason that relegates it to oblivion.
The most fascinating aspect is that these assessments seem to be put into discussion when we look at the same snapshot some time later. You can witness the redemption of some images that were actually rejected in the past. Therefore it emerges that the selection process is fluid, changeable over time. This feature remains, in my opinion, very fascinating and deserves to be investigated.

Photo from "Half Light" by Loic Seguin
Discarded photo from "Half Light" by Loic Seguin

One of the elements that makes the selection phase changeable could be, in addition to the author’s creative development, the continuous external influence that the latter undergoes. A sort of induction that occurs during the shooting and selection phase, which in some way can determine the rejection or otherwise the selection of an image. If this were true, something genuine and pure, free from social conditioning, could be hidden in the waste. Interesting in this regard is the point of view of Germana Stella, who confided us, right on these pages, that she decides to discard one of her shots either because she does not recognize herself in it or because she is afraid that there is a lot of her in it.

I personally believe that even in the excluded, abandoned, forgotten photos, which have never passed the examination of the various editing phases, have a value, often hidden and deep. And for this very reason that Discarded Magazine was born.

Photos from "Fata Morgana" by Alessia Rollo

Santolo Felaco

Founder & Curator of Discarded Magazine