Grant Legassick Does Multiple Exposures Differently

Grant Legassick Does Multiple Exposures Differently

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.


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Joe Black's picture

Simply amazing.

I like that its not a true analog style multiple exposures and instead they are super imposed in post as he employs static objects as well as ones that are moving to give shape to the image. Wonderful work.

Thanks for the article, I will for sure go visit his exhibition.

Btw, you posted two of the B&W image of the walkie talkie tower. (See image 6 and 8)

Joshua Baker's picture

Impressionistic Paintings with Digital Exposures, brilliant

Paolo Veglio's picture

Truly impressive! Some of these photos feel to me like a mixture of Italian futurism (see Boccioni's The City Rises, for example) with the late romantic Turner (e.g. Rain, steam and Speed), and yet there's something more that I can't quite grasp. I keep going back to these images, they are so overwhelming with their organized chaos. Really an amazing work

Sanket Khuntale's picture

I shot this quite a long ago. I like this execution here! :)

These photographers look fantastic. I love the way double exposure looks and create these horror and chaotic look. I know this is a little late, here is an article from Adorama Max about horror photos.

I created an accidental multiple exposure photo that actually turned out pretty good. I bought a used Canon New F-1 and I showed the camera to a coworker. As I was handing the camera to her, I heard the shutter fire. That weekend, I went to the lake to shoot a landscape and there was Emily in the photo of the lake and the trees.

Great work, but does this post really need to be so gear-heavy? More than half of it is about which gear he uses. C'mon...

Wouter du Toit's picture

Hi Tijmen, I agree, this technique can surely be applied with less gear. When we speak to the photographers, we try get and share as much information as possible. If you think it's usable and of value, it's for you to use as you wish. Thanks for commenting!

This "technique" not original.... some time ago i know to corinne vionet work that use same technique in her work "photo-opportunities"