Two Photographers Shoot Double Exposures Together

Two Photographers Shoot Double Exposures Together

I'm sure at some point any of us who have shot film have shot a double exposure. Normally it's an accident, sometimes it's planned, normally it comes out funky, then again sometimes it's gorgeous. Timothy Burkhart and Stephanie Bassos have started a project together where they both shoot the same roll of film. Stephanie will shoot an entire roll of 35mm film, and she only shoots people. Then Timothy will reload the roll of film into the same camera and only shoot places. They call the project People Vs Places and the results are often stunning.

For more of Stephanie and Timothy's project go check out their blog here.
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Leon's picture

saw this morning on DigitalRev YouTube Channel, quite interesting.

Samuel LAUDREN's picture

interesting ! could it be done with a dslr ? 

Mark Kauzlarich's picture

DSLRs by their very nature expose something that cannot be exposed again. You could overlay two images, but the sensor does not retain one then put another on top. There is nothing to "overlay" on to. Its just not the same when you can take your hand and change what is exposed twice and their exposures.

Jason Vinson's picture

there are some DSLRs that have a double exposure option. i know some Nikons do and i for sure know the Fuji Xpro has this option. 

the Olympus EP1 has a double exposure mode i know, possibly in the others as well

In a way - some. Not all DSLR's have Multiple Exposure function. E.g. Nikon D800 does. But would mean handing over the camera rather than flash card I think.

John Godwin's picture

Not the kind of thing I'd normally but interested in, but some of these work really well. 

This is a fun idea fir sine really unexpected images. I first heard about it on Flickr a while back:

As far as the digital question goes: yes, it is *technically* possible with some pro bodies, but you could also do it in photoshop with "overlay" layer blending setting. This will not be the same, however, as part of the joy is the unexpected juxtaposition you get with film - you don't have any idea what frame #17 is when you expose your own image on top. I guess you could always write a PHP/GD script to combine frames, but what fun is that??

jonathan thorpe's picture

these are great, but does anyone think these are a little too perfect and setup?

As intresting as the effect is and having seen some really impressive examples, i don't find the above images that special.  Maybe they're just too abstract for my tastes.

Stephanie Bassos's picture

We went through a lot of rolls, and only picked our favorites. out of one roll of 24 or 36, we get about 3-5 images we love. We never know who/where the other has shot. Aside from a little lighting/darkening, or dust removal, they are unedited.

Qashrul Hidafi's picture

You can do this kinda thing in photoshop. With much better results. I don't get the big deal.

A can you get a similar effect in photoshop with blending modes?