History of Multiple/Double Exposure Photography
Multiple or double exposure photography is one of those things that photographers try to avoid but in actual fact, this type of photography can be quite inventive and artistic and can be created in camera or by the different types of photo editing software available to photographers.
Modern photography began around 200 years ago and at that time there were two groups of photographers who pioneered the art, one group wanted to use photography to document the world and the other group wanted to create images that couldn’t be seen with by the naked eye.
It was more or less by pure accident that while photographers were experimenting they came across double exposure photography at the time most photographers were trying to avoid double exposure images, others started to explore the possibilities of the new creative art and to see what they could create.
To understand more about double exposure photography works, we need to look back to see how the normal photographic process works.
I have been fascinated by this kind of work ever since I saw some of Idris Khan’s images which he created using works by Bernd and Hiller Becher who used to create typologies of industrial building and architecture such as Water Towers, Cooling Towers, Gas Tanks, Water Towers, Collieries, Buildings.
But then I discovered some more photographers who were creating similar images to Idris Khan except they were using DSLR Cameras and Daniella Zlacman uses Her iPhone to create her images with n app called image blender and as she puts it ‘a lot of trial and error’ to get the results she wants.
Other artists, I looked at are Pep Ventosa, Alessio Trertoli, Stephanie Jung, Doug Keyes, Thomas Vanoost and Grant Legrassick all of whom have different methods for creating their images.
and here are the some of the images that Idris Khan created from the Becher images except for the sheet music and London’s Tower Bridge.
Alessio Trertoli Permission for image usage
Daniella Zalcman Permission for image usage
Pep Ventosa Permission for image usage
Photoshop Screen Captures of Editing Images
Other Pieces of my work
The work below are images from a recent trip to the town center and a trip to the Hull Sesh
The Images below were my first attempts at creating some work like Trertoli, Ventosa and Zalcman of which a couple that came out I am really proud of one been the multiple image blend of the doorways and the light coloured image of my face repeated three times then overlay add in Photoshop a colour burn added and then toned down slightly
Flash Yongnuo YN560 III
Nikon D7100 APS-C 24.4 megapixel Camera
1x 50mm F1.8 G Lens with Stabilization(Prime)
1x 55-200mm Lens with Stabilization
1x Flash Trigger
1x Flash Receiver
1x K&F Tripod
Sony 16-50mm OSS Lens
Sony A5000 20.6 Megapixel APS-C Camera (Mirrorless)
Software Used and Available
Adobe Bridge CC 2017
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017
Adobe Lightroom CC 2017
ON1 Photo Raw 2017
DxO Optics Pro Elite 11
Portrait Pro Studio 15
Set.A.Light 3D Studio
Overall Evaluation and Reflection
Pep Ventosa – http://www.pepventosa.com/
Daniella Zalcman – http://www.dan.iella.net/
Alessio Trertoli – http://www.alessiotrerotoli.it/
Doug Keyes – http://dougkeyes.net/home.html
Stephanie Jung – http://portfolio122826.format.com/new-york
Thomas Vanoost – http://thomasvanoost.com/
Craig Legassick – https://legassick.art/