Double Exposures by Jon Duenas

Name: Jon Duenas
Age: 28
Location: Portland, Oregon
Photographing For: 7 years

Cameras: This varies, but usually a Mamiya 645 Pro, a Canon EOS 1n, or a Polaroid SX-70.

Fav film:  I almost always use Kodak Portra 160 or 400 for color and Kodak Tri-X 400 for B&W, and for polaroids I use Impossible Project PX70.

Jon on why he shoots film:

"I have yet to find a digital solution that can duplicate the colors and tones of Kodak film. The dynamic range alone is amazing. But I love the process of shooting film even more and having something tangible to work with. It slows me down, forces me to be intentional about what I shoot, and keeps me focused on the important moments happening in front of me rather than on checking a screen to see if I got the shot, so I can focus on finding the next moment rather than the one that already passed."

Could you tell us a little about the process you use for making double exposures?

It depends on what camera I use. Some require me “hacking” it to get the second exposure, some have the function built in. Most of my doubles are about reflecting both the subject and environment in the same photo. So I look for an open sky and shoot my subject’s profile, then I search for a tree line or an interesting landscape or something else about where we are that is interesting to me, and I try to frame it in such a way that you get interesting lines and textures.

Are there any tips you can share for getting the most effective results?

If you want a nice, clean silhouette, you have to overexpose your background while still retaining some shadows on your subject to fill in. Also, make sure to keep a mental picture of your first frame so you know how to compose your second frame. Or you could just have fun with it and leave it all to chance.