Photo Essay

Doubles With Van Gogh

With millions of visitors a year, Paris is probably the most photographed city in the world. I was able to spend a week there over the holidays and it really is hard NOT to take a million photos. Photos of the cobblestone streets and old buildings, the Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame, boats on the Seine River and of course the Eiffel Tower from every angle imaginable. But, while it's almost impossible to take a bad picture in Paris, after a while they start to look generic and redundant.

So I decided to take a doubles roll with my LC-A+ on Agfa CT Precisa slide film and then cross process for an extra kick. First I took a roll as I had been: shots of the river or me and my friends eating a crepe, etc. Then, I wound the film and reloaded it back into my camera, making sure that the film wasn't aligned the same way as before so that I would get two photo halves doubled with another shot. For the second time around, I went to the Musee d'Orsay and took photos of famous art—Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, etc. I also went to the Eiffel Tower again and took a few more shots, sometimes with a fisheye lens mounted on the front.

The result was crazy madness and while many didn't turn out, the cool shots made it worth it! The doubles with art and other famous subjects added universality to the pictures while putting something that's been seen 100 times in a new light. You can see a piece of Van Gogh's bedroom, Cezanne's fruit or the familiar towers of Notre Dame swimming in other random and colorful Paris scenes. And as for the Eiffel Tower...well, no one else has a photo like mine!

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    Elise Ange gave props (27 Nov 2008):

    Very creative!

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