Polaroids are great because you can write on them.
I asked Slavoj Žižek for a quote that would describe him and his philosophy. He was thinking for a while and wrote: FAIL BETTER!, which comes from Beckett:
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Joyful statement about the nature of progress, improvement, hidden value of fails. Importance of mistakes that are crucial for learning.
Hegel, Marx, and psychoanalysis in one.
He was writing it right after the shot, when the image was invisible.
It took 30 minutes to get developed and fully visible. When it happened I realized that the print was much too bright! Only the eyes and shirt were slightly visible. Something went terribly wrong with my old camera!
Being honest: I failed with this shot.
I was really upset. I wanted to retake it, make it better - but it was too late…
Then I read the sentence one more time. And it hit me: It was all about that!
Imperfect image was the best I could possibly get for this quote.