The idea is to have a portfolio of outtakes (rejections) from an exhibition or project. Outtakes can be good images in themselves, but they do not yet fit the conceptual underpinnings of an exhibition or project.
An outtake is conventionally understood to be a portion of a work (usually a film or music recording that is removed in the editing process and not included in the work’s final, publicly released version). In the digital era, significant outtakes have been appended to CD and DVD reissues of many albums and films. In terms of photos, an outtake may also mean the ones which are not released in the original set of photos (i.e. photo shoots and digitals).
The images in the first two rows below are outtakes from Gary Sauer-Thompson’s contribution to the Mallee Routes exhibition at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery in South Australian 2019/20. That exhibition was structured around three themes: Absent History, Space/place and Unknown Futures. The images are of the South Australian and Victorian Mallee.