Lomography can sometimes be very unpredictable, especially if you use techniques like shooting from the hip. You can never really tell what your images are going to look like until you get them back from the lab. I often look through my newly developed photos and put aside particular shots that I am not quite happy with. I will then work on these shots, manipulate and experiment with them until I have created something that I love.
One of the techniques I like to use is called ‘sandwiching’. This technique is great if you want to create a double exposure from two separate negatives. It gives you the chance to study your negatives individually, enabling you to choose the two best images for the double exposure. I suggest experimenting by overlapping your negatives on a light box so you can get a good idea of which photos to use. You may be pleasantly surprised at some of the results you end up with.
Once I have chosen the two negatives I want to combine, I simply place them one on top of the other in my negative scanner and start scanning. I really like the effect this creates, it gives the image a very washed out feel. It is a quality that you would struggle to achieve if you just scanned each negative separately and overlapped them in Photoshop.
If you want to create an image that is a bit more complex than a basic overlay style double exposure, you could try cutting up your negatives to create a more artistic composition, a composition that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to produce with a camera.
Try experimenting with images at different angles; maybe use the edge of a negative including the sprocket holes when you create your overlay. What ever you do, be creative! And have fun with it!
Have you ever tried the sandwiching effect? Do you have any unused negatives which you think would work well using this technique? Please share your thoughts with a comment below!
Danny Wood is the frontman of a punk rock band called The Panicstruck, he also works as a Web Designer, is a keen Lomographer and runs his own Analogue Photography Blog.