We've all attempted multiple exposures. We do it when we want to create a specific feeling when shooting portraits, and we do it when we want to expose correctly for an architectural photograph client, to correct in post. We use a tripod, to make sure the images are identical, and we either use the camera's automatic stop metering to compensate and expose all the needed information correctly. And then Grant Legassick goes and changes the way I always considered multiple exposures and how they can be used.
Grant doesn't use a tripod. This causes movement and the shots not measuring up, but that's exactly what he wants. He shoots with a Canon 5Ds and uses a Canon 5D mark II as backup. The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM are his go-to lenses he works with mostly. With this he can get enough "real-estate," meaning, more of the scene, and also uses the 24-70mm most.
He subscribes to the Adobe Creative Cloud and uses Photoshop for his post production and Lightroom for cataloging. In his bag he always carries extra batteries, a circular ND filter, a cable release, lens hood, lens cloth, an iPad loaded with ideas and visuals, a plastic bag, and one of his wife's hair-bands incase it starts to rain. He also uses The Photographer's Ephemeris iPhone app which gives him information about the sun and how the shadows will fall at specific times of the day so he can plan ahead of time.
I enjoyed the unique approach, the almost-chaos portrayed in the images, although when looking at one character, it almost seems peaceful and removed from the scene, almost isolated.
If you're in London during November, the works will be exhibited at Riflemaker, 79 Beak St, London W1F 9SU on the 16th and 17th of November. You can go to his website to see more of his work.
All the images are used with permission from Grant Legassick.