Double Exposures on Film

Canon AE-1 Program Double Exposure with Kodak Portra 400 35mm Film

Some of my most favorite and memorable photographs that I’ve been making lately have been of double exposures. I think what I enjoy the most about creating double exposures on film is that you don’t always know what you’re going to get until the film has been developed.

Double exposure on film made with Canon AE-1 Program on Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Double Exposure with Mamiya C220 Medium Format on Cinestill 800 120 film

There seems to be an endless amount of possibilities to take an ordinary image and expose it twice to come up with something that makes it unusual and more interesting to the eye.

Double exposure with Canon AE-1 Program on Kodak Portra 400 film

Double exposure on film with Canon AE-1 Program on Kodak Portra 400 film

Mimi Zulu double exposure on Mamiya C220 Medium Format camera on Kodak Portra 400 film

If you’re interested in making double exposures of your own here’s a good youtube tutorial on how to set your camera to make them.

Of course setting your camera up to take double exposures is only part of the
process. The other part however is the thought process and technical
settings that go along with it which photographer Wendy Laurel explains well in her tutorial here: Double Exposure on Film Tutorial.

Found Film Photos

July 1968

Finding images from the past is always exciting to me. There’s something about seeing a snapshot of someone else’s life in a time that I didn’t live in, and to me these slides that I discover are frames of a moment that was important to whoever was taking it, and gives me a candid view into their life.

I recently found some Kodak Kodachrome slides that appear to be from a man in the Navy who was stationed in San Diego where I discovered the slides. There are some fantastic images from life on the ship he was deployed on to fishing trips in Baja California.

People awaiting the arrival of president Richard Nixon in Coronado, California. Sept 1970.

October 1974

August 1970

April 1968

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Colorado Street Photography

I had a brief amount of time downtown Colorado before my flight home, and had a few frames left in my camera to expose so that I could have the film hand checked instead of going through the TSA x-ray machine. I’ve not really found that it affects the film all that much, but maybe I’m just not seeing it. Either way it’s better to be safe than sorry?

I’ve been really interested in approaching people lately as it’s one of my biggest challenges at times. The timing, location and individual has to be just right for me to make the sometimes split second decision to approach them and engage with them to make a photo. Compliment, introduction, and question, or CIQ are the rules that I have been applying to most of these photos.

I typically look for someone who is interesting, or has good style and then approach them with “Hey, how’s it going…I like your style. My name is Evan McGinnis and I’m a portrait photographer and am making photos with this old film camera. Do you mind if I make a photo of you?” I’ve only been denied once now out of the 15 or so portraits that I’ve made, so this technique definitely works when applied.

Bianca and Shawn

This is the first photograph that I made on 16th Street. I had seen this couple walking while I was on the bus and figured I wasn’t going to catch them because I had already passed them. Once I got off the bus I saw them pass again and I stalled a bit to get them in a location that had a good background. I realized I wasn’t going to get a good background because there was a building that took up the entire block and there were people around everywhere, so I dismissed all of that and approached the couple who turned out to be Bianca and Shawn.

Initially Shawn kept walking as I started with the compliment, and once I introduced myself and complimented their style they stopped to listen to my question. It was difficult to tell if Bianca and Shawn were in a hurry, but they were patient and compliant with me making the photo of them and then were on their way, and sometimes that’s all I need.

This is the second image that I made on 16th Street. Honestly making photos of homeless people isn’t my thing, and is something that I frown upon when seeing others doing it. I don’t see any value in photographing people who are down on their luck and living on the streets, however when I saw these gentlemen sitting here all I saw were two men playing chess. It wasn’t until after I made the photo that I realized that they may be homeless, but heck maybe that’s just me assuming too much. They didn’t seem to notice that I was even standing there, and the Mamiya C220 camera has a waist level finder so that I’m looking down into the camera which may be why they didn’t notice me.

Benjion Wynkoop St.

This last frame of the afternoon is of Benji who is a Merchant at a local hat shop in downtown Denver called Goorin Bros. I noticed Benji locking up his bicycle as I came around the corner from 16th St. on to Wynkoop Street, and knew right away that he would be an excellent subject based on his outfit. After Benji heard what I was working on he told me that I may be able to find some interesting people at Union Station across the street who would be arriving from Boulder.

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