A Gallery of Ghosts

A Gallery of Ghosts

Double exposures have become something of a rage during the last couple of years, perhaps to some extent due to the popularity of TV programs such as "True Detective".

This is a new long term project I started, also featuring double (in fact, multiple) exposures done in post processing, although it follows a different approach to the mainstream.

One difference is that, in -let's call them "regular"- double exposures featuring portraits, there's usually a human element (headshot, portrait or environmental portrait) and some landscape or still life element overlay. In this project, the secondary exposure(s) is most probably another human element, sometimes a different view of the "primary" one.

In fact, there is no clear distinction about what constitutes the "primary" element of the picture; I wanted to make them in a way that you have to shift the focus of your attention between the different elements. In a way, like when you squint at a picture and there is a different picture underneath.

Another prerequisite was a somewhat gritty, analog/film like look to the pictures. I'm not going for technical perfection with this, so grain and even deliberate blemishes such as (simulated) light leaks and scratches is the norm. In actual fact, my purpose was to make things that would possibly be made in the darkroom, using all analog processes. Albeit, with a lot of effort, admittedly.

This is the reason I used very specific tools in post. Mainly, the Analog Efex Pro plugin from Nik Software (let me remind anyone living under a rock for the last months, that NiK Collection is free). This was used through Lightroom, no Photoshop utilized.

As for the initial shots, some of them are "recycled" from older shootings, which means they didn't make the final cut not before they were inferior, but because some other shot was more conformant to the full set of pictures for that particular shooting. Others are just casual shots of friends and colleagues. And some are staged on purpose for this project. There is even a couple of self-portraits in there.

Thematically speaking, inspiration comes from a number of concepts. One is, actually, ghosts and demons of World traditions, for example Japan or Ireland. Another is from purely psychological concepts such as the ideas of dementia, cyclothymia and depression. And there are certain references to novels and movies, as can be evidenced by the titles on the photos.

Gear wise, a number of Fuji cameras (X-E2, X-M1, X-T1, X-Pro2) and lenses were used in this project and it makes no sense to list them since there might be two different cameras and three different lenses per image

Of course this project will be updated regularly, and be focused more on premeditated material.  You can check out the current gallery below:

 

 


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