The path to corruption

Every now and then I will find that one of my digital photographs has been corrupted. It reminds me of the days when, after waiting 48 hours to get my negatives developed, I’d find that some photographs had two overlapping exposures. 

With digital, you don’t expect that sort of thing to happen. However, I sometimes find distorted images containing unusual coloured patterns and streaks. These corrupted images are a reminder of the fragility of digital. In the past, just dropping an external hard drive has led to me losing hundreds of images, because they are unrecoverable. 

After discussing how images could be corrupted, and viewed as art, I wanted to explore this further. I found out that jpegs are made up of hexadecimal text files. The idea of being able to get inside an image and alter it’s structure really appeals to me.