In her June 2013 interview with Vicki Woods from Vogue magazine, Katy discussed the song, saying "This is like its rawest form, and I titled it 'Bad Photographs' because the idea is that when people are in a relationship they only take photographs when they are happy, and sometimes when it ends you realize maybe it would be important to take photographs when it’s not happy. So I have this idea—". A sample of the song is then played for Woods.
On September 10, 2016 during a Q&A with fans on Twitter, a fan tweeted at Perry to leak the song. Katy Perry responded to the tweet saying "never finished it :-/". Concluding the reason the song was never mentioned again after the Vogue interview and was never registered.
Looking back we should have taken photographs
Of all the unhappiness
Coz now my mind’s playing tricks on me
I forget we are not meant to be