Here is a selection of a digital double exposures that I made with a few apps on my phone. I’ve been making double exposures since my early twenties when I first started making a lot of film photos, which was at that time the only kind of photography I knew. It was from this inherent wait-and-see process that I learned how to see the possibilities of a double exposure out in the world. Ten years ago, when I got my first iPhone, I reveled in using it to make double exposures, finally, not having to spend money on copious amounts of film or wait ages to see my pictures…

Using film cameras is a slower and more deliberate process. You must patiently wait to finish the roll and have the film developed, which makes the resulting image seem more profoundly special. I know there are apps that can probably mimic this process, but there is something calming about slowing down and making each shot count. Film cameras require you to become more present, examine the world more slowly. You think more about the relationship between light and shadow. When making double exposures with a film camera, the wonder and excitement of discovering the photograph is always present.  It is the accidents and surprises that creates much of their magic.

I prefer the dreaminess of a double exposure. The layers upon layers. A tree caught in someones hair, or a person that becomes the ocean. With layering two photos, we can imagine the multiple worlds inside a person or physical representation of a feeling. I love how double exposures can capture how nature gives us sanctuary, and the place in between what we imagine and what we dream.

Here are a few double exposures made with film…