Double exposure film swap with Hanna.
Thanks so much to everyone who’s taken the time to like and comment on these double exposures - I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them!
I also wanted to thank Hanna for taking the time to do this, and for contributing such a great set of photos - she started things off with her fantastic shots of an abandoned factory in Vienna. Film swaps are always fun to do, and -especially given that we didn’t share information about what we were each going to shoot beforehand- I think the results this time were pretty darned delightful. We’re planning to do some more of these in the future, and I’m really looking forward to it.
And for anyone who has been wondering what the heck this “film swap” thing is: A film swap is when one photographer shoots an entire roll of film, rewinds it, and then hands it off to another photographer, who loads it and shoots again, creating double exposures in each overlapping frame. Some people plan out each shot in advance; others (like us in this set) just shoot blindly and expect to be surprised when they develop the film.
To get both exposures to show up, the typical rule is to underexpose the overall scene by one stop for every additional exposure (so -1 if you’re double exposing, -2 if you’re triple exposing, etc.). As with all photography rules, this one is pretty fun to break; you just have to keep in mind that everything is likely to get bumped up a stop when the two exposures are combined, and that the brightest areas of your shot will dominate the double exposure, while the darkest areas will provide space for the other photographer’s shot to show through. Voilà!