Tourists exposed (twice)

Double exposures in camera, shot with Fuji X-Pro1 and XF 18mm lens.

Tourists (double) exposed

Tourists (double) exposed

Tourists (double) exposed

Tourists (double) exposed

Tourists (double) exposed

…and a self-portrait.

More double exposure photography…

54 thoughts

  1. I have no knowledge of cameras, so my comments are strictly based on my response to the images themselves. Capturing dimension, these images reflect time and space, and establish a relationship between all the images captured. Which is why they visually create the abstract relationship between the tourist and the locale they have come to experience. Momentarily the tourist is present in a location once imagined, a mental image that at another time and in another locale placed them in the space they now occupy. However, despite their presence, the relationship is not organic, it is forced and manipulated. I saw these wonderful photographs and thought of the lines in Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “Questions of Travel”: “Should we have stayed at home and thought of here? Where should we be today? Is it right to be watching strangers in a play in this strangest of theatres? What childishness is it that while there’s a breath of life in our bodies, we are determined to rush to see the sun the other way around? The tiniest green hummingbird in the world? To stare at some inexplicable old stonework, inexplicable and impenetrable, at any view, instantly seen and always, always delightful? Oh, must we dream our dreams and have them, too? And have we room for one more folded sunset, still quite warm?

    • Robin, thanks for the literary comment! Nice to have someone speak to the content of the photos and not the equipment used.

      I find that my walks among the tourist can be “a play in the strangest theatre.”

    • Thanks for the photos and discourse.
      When designing we explain our ideas initially through representation. The representation focuses on an instance of light, space, and form, to convey an emotion. Emotion however, is highly dependent on memory and association and these photos infuse memory with place. Thanks for the parallel narrative with the poem ‘Question of travel’. Both photos an narrative left me contemplative – this is the essential virtue of all art.

      • Nathan, thanks for you thoughts. Glad that the photos and Robin’s comment were of interest. I plan on pursuing this direction in my photography to see where it might lead.

  2. What a great use of double exposure! We had to do double exposure exercises back at film school. In moving images, splitting the image and shooting two different speeds is a great thing to do with double exposure. But no actually as much fun as indeed really shooting twice on exactly the same negative area.

  3. Great job on these double exposure shots. Your photographs instill questions inside my mind as I scrolled through them. For me the most interesting kinds of photographs foster questions rather than answers, and these tourist shots did exactly that. I was drawn towards the first image and third (the shadows on the bricks) the most. Great job!

  4. I love these images! I feel as though the black and white in combination with the double exposure really brings the photos to life. Also your comment lends an interesting perspective: “I find that my walks among the tourist can be “a play in the strangest theatre.”” Great job!

  5. Wow, amazing! I’d be happy to have you take photos of my tourists!

    How do you do this with DSLR? I know this can be done with the slr with film (although I haven’t touched mine in more than 10 years.)

    • Eri
      Some DSLRs allow you to shoot multiple exposures. I believe the high-end Nikons and Canons do. I shoot with a Fuji X-Pro1 which has this feature. It makes shooting street photos a bit more complicated, but the results have been interesting and I hope to develop (sorry ’bout the pun!) this technique further.

  6. Interesting photos. I always liked that divide between tourist and resident. Sometimes the difference is really obvious. Whenever I’m traveling, I do my best to blend in with everyone else and seem like I just live there. I don’t know why I do that.

  7. Good work, thanks for enriching the dimensions of perceiving realities. The choice of “implanting” these hardly visible, almost transparent, volatile beings with the identity of ‘tourists’, rather than travelers, is a strong comment that will stay with me; I see myself as a traveler. Your choice of black&white stregthens the imagery of the “unseen”, the “unbearable lightness” of a tourist.

  8. the pics are lovely! what is “double exposure”, actually? is it in the camera feature that you can simply switch on like panorama feature or you use photoshop? or is it a photography technical term? or it’s called that way cause it looks like 2 negatives printed on the same paper?

    • Multiple exposures are created by exposing film or a camera”s digital sensor more than one time to create one photo with overlaid images. Although one can simulate this with software like Photoshop, these photos were created in camera without computer manipulation, with the exception of adjusting exposure and converting to monochrome.

  9. These are some cool photos. Not too sure what is going on in every one of them but I don’t think I’ve ever seen double exposure before. I also know nothing about photography but I really like the third one! Can’t tell you why I like it more than the others but I just do!

  10. A fabulous expose of the art of photography – and I mean art in every sense, including technical, visual, experiential. It is too easy to do transparent overlays in Photoshop; the skill – as you’ve shown us – is in making it happen for real, analog style, with film. There is a quality about film that digital imagery simply doesn’t capture; and a subtlety in terms of what it conveys – to the emotion transferred, via film, via the creative mind of the photographer, to the viewer. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Matthew, thanks for the comments. Although I have made many multiple exposures with film cameras, sometimes inadvertently, I created these shots in-camera with the wonderful Fuji X-Pro1. The X-P1 is one of the few digital cameras that allows one to make multiple exposures. It seems to be a feature found on some high-end cameras. Digital or film, the process is effectively the same. In fact, for this series, I rarely frame the first exposure. Instead, I shoot “from the hip” to be as discreet as possible and then look to frame the second exposure, which often doesn’t have a person as the subject. So, I hope it’s not too much of a disappointment that these aren’t film; I certainly approach my street work as if shooting with film. Cheers.

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