Melanie Willhide

Not many people would be grateful to have their house burgled. However, if Adrian Rodriguez hadn’t stolen her laptop, then who knows how Melanie Willhide’s photography career would have turned out. When her lap top had been returned, Willhide discovered that her photo files had been corrupted. Instead of attempting to repair the damage, she embraced the situation and enhanced the distorted images.

To Adrian Rodriguez with love, © Melanie Willhide

To Adrian Rodriguez with love, © Melanie Willhide

Whilst Melanie Willhide has had an input into her final images, it is interesting to consider who can lay claim to them. Is it the burglar? After all if it wasn’t for his action then the images wouldn’t have been corrupted. Is the computer responsible? If it wasn’t for the lap top corrupting the files, then the art work would not have been as significant. Or is it Melanie Willhide? She had the artistic vision to pursue the concept of glitch art and apply this to her work.

As digital technology progresses, it can be difficult to determine where the photographer’s intervention ends and the computer’s begins. Whilst Willhide used Photoshop to enhance some of her images, I want to rely on the random possibilities of the image file corrupting. Therefore, I won’t be using Photoshop to manipulate any of my images.

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