Notes from a talk by Keith Didcock on Serendipity and Photography at Stills for the DCC.
Serendipity was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter he wrote to a friend Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had made by reference to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The princes, he told his correspondent, were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of”.
Trolley, The Americans 1958
Only 2 frames on the contact sheet, one blown out of another combination of people on the trolley car, the version chosen for the book is the only image from the roll that shows the racial divisions neatly segmented by the trolly car window frames.
(Eric Kim – very interesting site on Street Photography)
“Nothing in art should look like an accident.” >Edgar Degas
And some have sagacity – knowledge and practice of focus and shutter speed – with a hint of luck thrown in –