Words from the Otherworld: Double exposure art

Double exposure art: I have been meaning to blog about this for a while now. When I was working as a photographer I was obsessed with double exposure. However, back in the good old days we didn’t have the convenience of Photoshop. All the magic happened in the darkroom.

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Artist: Simon Hart

Nowadays, Photoshop makes double exposure work easy but that hasn’t lessened my obsession with it. I am not sure exactly why I love this style. I have a theory that it is to do with the idea that a whole unique universe exists inside every living being. But like an iceberg, we only get to see and share a small percentage of that universe.

We could talk to someone non-stop for the rest of our lives any never really know them. We are all just universes on legs walking around, waiting to be explored and uncovered. But we are essentially unknowable and alone-but together in that aloneness. I don’t see this idea as either a good or bad. It is just an idea that reminds me that there is so much more to people beyond what we think we know.

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Artist: Unknown

So, when I see double exposures like this; a woman full the ocean, a wolf full of the forest, they represent something I feel to be a fundamental truth; the infinite depth of existence and experience. It reminds me of the expansiveness of our inner life, of our depth and potential.

One of my favourite artists in this field is Andreas Lie. I could fall into his work for hours (you can see samples of his work below.) You can also find his work here.

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6 Comments

  1. Matthew says:

    Beautiful (the words, as well as the images). “We could talk to someone non-stop for the rest of our lives any never really know them”…or ourselves…our own multiple exposures.

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  2. M. Howalt says:

    Wow, these are amazing! Thank you for bringing them to my attention. 🙂

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  3. writing is like double-exposure art. there’s the words, and their underlying imagery and meaning.

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