(From the book Why My Photographs Are Bad, by Charles Maus Taylor, 1902, digitized by Google Books. The whole book is online.)
(Thanks to Adrian Studer)
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Featured Comment by MarkR: "I had independently discovered this book on Google a while back. Oddly, I thought that almost all of the chapter heading examples of 'bad' photography were visually interesting and unique. It's almost as if an entire other book could have been written around those pictures: Why My Photographs are So Rad: or how to get cool effects through double exposures, tilted horizons, and creative cropping."
Mike replies: I had the same thought. I think it's partially because photographers have explored all those visual effects by now and we've gotten used to seeing them "allowed in."
People who won't be scanning through the book will be amused to learn that he spends a little time on a circa 1902 tech controversy—should you use plates (traditional) or film (the latest thing)? Our author's a modern man and comes down on the side of the newfangled film.
Featured Comment by Scott Dommin: "'Why My Photographs Are Bad'—Best photo book title ever!!"