Photo Essay

Love affair with a difference

Dreams for  the Heartfelt

One day I fell in love and the object of my love was multiple exposures.

As an artist I had always loved the process of layering within the realms of painting and printmaking.

More than 25 years ago I used to use a flatbed scanner to scan my art imagery after it had been converted to transparencies along with 3d objects to create a depth within an image.In those days I used to print large scale images on plan printers used for architectural drawing and exhibit them within installations in late 80's

The method of using a flatbed scanner is still in use today as a photographic tool but at the time I didn't really think of it as a form of photography. It was just a means to create what was in my head...

Then came photoshop at it's most basic level which many used to layer images but I never found it satisfactory and to be honest the results it yields are very different to multiple exposures.

I had always loved multiple exposures for their complexity and depth. Their charm for me was also their spontaneity and using what was available within the realms of what you were capturing in that moment A friend very interestingly said photoshop was a method of creating at a desk rather than in the moment and more and more I tend agree with him. It is not to say photoshop does not have a place within art but purity of photography is something that should be revered as well as explored.

Over the years I had experimented with composite imagery but many many hours were needed to be spent at a computer and it's always felt less than organic and rather empty to be honest..It was interesting to be able to learn but in my opinion it's place really is within the realms of illustration and not photography...It was fun but meaningless without the concept of trying to capture the moment and I think it's something that many have forgotten within the medium of photography...

Eventually I started to use a camera and to learn what it could do..it was like a light came on and I saw the dream world in my head...

So I hope this essay encourages others to let loose and experiment with their camera....Use the camera upside down, photograph light sources and basically experiment within your moment in time...embrace it fearlessly.

Don't forget to underexpose other wise you will have hot spots from double or triple the exposure to light and just embrace the spirit of exploration.

I now have the utmost respect for those photographers that use film to create multiples as a lot of it is left to chance whereas digital can be controlled to some degree.It's something I am learning at the moment with film and look excitedly to the future when I can share the results with those that are interested.

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13 responses

  • jen bellefleur

    jen bellefleur gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    these are really beautiful, michele. and i agree with you completely about photo editing--i don't have or want to learn any complex photo editing software, and i feel strongly that if you can't tweak a photo in a few moves and five minutes--it's not a good photo. and if you spend more time editing it than you did taking it, it's graphic arts--not photography. xo

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    This is one very captivating photo essay!

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    What a wonderful collection of images. They are truly amazing.

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (30 Mar 2011):

    superb collection of artwork!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ said (31 Mar 2011):

    Fantastic series of multiples...

    I am with you on what you have to say here Michele. However, at the same time also feel that all these are tools that we have at our disposal here to free us up with our creativity...so whatever works to get you there is all fair game I suppose. I think its the experiential feeling of film that I do certainly miss at times but at the same time digital has not killed that spirit for but only fuel it more...with the exception of course of developing the film to see what surprises lie within the borders of the negative..

    Never the less one never feels limited by what is in hand. A camera (or any image capturing device no matter in what form ) is what allows us our many creative possibilities, what we each do with it is really the magic of photography at the end of the day & is probably why many of us still use a camera to nurture those visual creations to day....

    Great essay & photos as always....thank you so much for posting this essay on your experience....

    If you like I´ll send you a roll of exposed pinhole 35 mm B/W film if you like & we can really mess things up...let me know if your up for the game.

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell said (31 Mar 2011):

    Hah ironic Mario that the other image you favoured was a an older one which is a composite of 3 images but perhaps that was your point :) Thanks always my friend for your creative input in words and images and of course I would love you to send me an exposed roll to shoot over.
    Will email you.

  • Spectre Photo

    Spectre Photo said (1 Apr 2011):

    I had to nominate this for story of the week. Love this. Wonderful job.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 Apr 2011):

    Hell YEAH! Rad! Too bad I can't vote.

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell said (17 Apr 2011):

    Sorry John I didn't realise I hadn't set it up to vote. I will rectify this now and a big hug to both Spectre Photo and Simon Kossoff for nominating this story.

    Thank you xoxo

  • Carissa Gomez

    Carissa Gomez gave props (22 Apr 2011):

    everything is just....awesome!

  • Stef LePape

    Stef LePape gave props (12 May 2011):

    thanks for the shout out on film!...and multiple exposures. In this age of photoshop...the genius of film multiple exposures is not alwasy acknowledge. and sadly...one must note that no post manipulation was involved.

  • Brannon Schnelle

    Brannon Schnelle gave props (7 Mar 2013):

    You've just inspired me! The possibilities are endless!!!!

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