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The Beauty of Double Exposures

Camera: Yashica D  Film: HP5+

Camera: Yashica D

Film: HP5+

Camera: Yashica D  Film: HP5+

Camera: Yashica D

Film: HP5+

The Idea of double exposures goes back to the earliest days of photography. From my own understanding, this act of double exposing film came by accident. Whatever the reason for its creation, I find that double exposing film can create an abstract of emotional connections that that no other form of art can. I will go even as far as saying that double exposing film is like taking one's dreams and bringing them to life.  

Camera: Mamiya 645 AF  Film: HP5+

Camera: Mamiya 645 AF

Film: HP5+

Camera: Mamiya 645 AF  Film: HP5+

Camera: Mamiya 645 AF

Film: HP5+

For the most part the technique is easy. Assuming you are taking two photos on the same section of film, all one has to do is to underexpose each shot by 1 stop of light. For these photos, I shot on my Mamiya 645 AF and Rolleiflex 2.8F loaded with HP5+. The process of double exposing is to ensure that your first shot takes a form of a silhouette. This allows the silhouetted area of film to be open to another exposure,  taking the form of the silhouetted object or subject. 

Camera: Mamiya 645 AF  Film: HP5+

Camera: Mamiya 645 AF

Film: HP5+

So there you have it folks, double exposures. Now that you have had a quick crash course of how its done, my challenge to you is to go out and do the same. as far as advice is concerned, my advice to you is to just shoot and experiment. There is nothing like learning like good ol' fashion hands on!