Sometimes it happens by mistake: you forget to wind the film forward on an analog camera, and capture a new image on top of a previous one. These happy accidents can often have a ghostly, mysterious feel to them, leading some photographers to intentionally create double or triple exposures for the artistic effects. These 33 examples of multiple-exposure photography recall the unpredictable qualities of film, when each image was an experiment and gazing at the developed results was like opening a present.
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German photographer Florian Imgrund just started using an analog camera in summer 2010, but his mastery of subtle and evocative double-exposure effects seem to imply decades of experience. Imgrund combines portraits of people with nature scenes for contemplative imagery.
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Photographer Cameron Russell uses no computer trickery to achieve these otherworldly images with a vintage feel. With a lomo camera, which has a cheap plastic body and lens that causes unusual, uncontrollable camera effects like vignetting and light leaks, Russell achieves these very interesting results.
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This double exposure by Vivek Jena, entitled ‘Saturday Sun’, seems like an image out of a dream. With a landscape, a frosted window and what appears to be a group of children playing, it’s hard to determine exactly what is going on here.
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Layered shots of buildings and trees in Moscow come together into an almost monochromatic image in this unedited, multiple-exposure, cross-processed shot by photographer Maxim Trudolubov.
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Photographer Oliver Morris certainly has an eye for lining up multiple shots just right, for images in which his subjects – typically women – seem to blend into or grow out of nature itself.
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British photography student Dan Mountford has attracted quite a bit of well-deserved attention for stunning in-camera double exposures so expertly executed, some viewers can hardly believe that they’re not Photoshopped.
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Working primarily in still-life photography for companies like Sephora and the New York Times Style Magazine, Andy Bettles also finds the time for beautiful double-exposure photographs like these.
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Cityscapes and portraits combine into atmospheric works of art in these double-exposure images by photographer Andrew de Freitas.
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Most photographers working with multiple exposures tend to focus on portraits for the biggest impact, but Fontas Nicolas proves with these images that urban scenery can be just as intriguing.
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Despite her age – she’s a teenager – Julie Wang creates multiple-exposure images that have caught international attention. Wang often shoots self-portraits and works with quotes and typography as well.
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The ‘Double Vision’ series by photographer Charles Bergquist uses multiple exposures to combine disparate images into striking works of art.
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These aren’t just beautiful examples of double-exposure photography – they’re actually paintings. Artist Pakayla Biehn was born with strabismus, an eye condition that gave her double-vision until it was corrected. Drawing inspiration from that time, Biehn merges images from various photographers and then projects the double-image onto a blank canvas to paint it.