Courtesy of the Bad Banana blog I came across the remarkable work of Enda O’Donoghue, an Irish artist living in Berlin who's work is influenced by his background as a computer programmer and web developer. Enda scours social networks and blogs looking for "the throw-away shots which otherwise gather digital dust buried away on hard-drives, camera chips, mobile phones or are uploaded and then lost or forgotten someplace on the web".
He is meticulous about tracing the ownership and requesting permission, before dissecting and dismantling the image section by section and reconstructing it in paint, a process that is "methodical and yet filled with randomness and inviting of errors, misalignments and glitches."
One of the comments to the post questions why he likes the throwaway shots so much when there's so many 'good' images out there. But I think that's precisely the charm of them. It brings a new and different focus to everyday things, and makes you reconsider your perception of them. And isn't that, at least in part, what good art is all about?