A common result in what is now termed ‘analogue’ photography, double-exposed photographs– incurred by accident– have always held a certain appeal for us here at the Vault. The surrealistic, ghost-like side effects often produce interesting montages that are somehow more intriguing than the cookie-cutter moment the photographer intended to capture, resulting in something akin to a Max Ernst collage in photographic form.

If “photographs furnish evidence,” as Susan Sontag stated in her collection of critical essays On Photography , then double-exposed photos are the elusive exception to the rule, the rogue knight defying convention; the unruly black sheep amongst a herd of obedient brethren. Distorted and often ugly, they occupy a nether world of dubious truth; just as often they are striking and beautiful, capturing movement in a single still image.  Double-exposed images are largely relics of the past as the world embraces digital photography; unfortunately, contemporary ‘double-exposed’ photos tend to be contrived photoshop creations or intentionally super-imposed negatives.

We could wax poetic about it all day.  Included in this post is a series of our recent favorites, largely culled from Flickr double-exposure-collecting [and sharing] maverick Signs and Wonders.  Enjoy.


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