Diplopia (from French < diplopie >, from Greek. < diploos >, double, and < ops, opos >, eye) f. MED. A pathological phenomenon consisting of *seeing double objects. (free translation of the definition from Diccionario de uso del español, by María Moliner)
We all love being creative. We may not stop for hours to consider the best composition for our photos. Sometimes one has to hurry up, shoot without prior thinking, before the moment passes and we lose our only chance. On the other hand, creativity is multifaceted. Sometimes it arises from spontaneity and chance and… there are few things more spontaneous or aleatory than a double (or multiple) exposure.
We’ve got several reasons to be grateful for the design of our beloved lomographic cameras. One of them is that wonderful“MX” switch. If we let ourselves go, we can get abstract, ironic, hard-to-describe images. If a roll of film spends a lot of time in the camera, we may easily forget what is in it.
There are no rules for this either. You can stop and think about what you want to do for a long time, or you can let yourself go and ignore what you’ve been up to until the lab returns your photos.
I’m sure: if the surrealists lived today, they wouldn’t be doing any Exquisite Corpse; they’d shoot multiple exposures.
An easy tipster: try to shoot a sharp image (a portrait, a particular object…) and a texture or pattern that serves as background.
You can also use accessories which are specific for multiple exposures, e.g. the Splitzer.
You can even allow very small children to use your camera and do the job for you!
And, of course, you can always look for partners from a faraway exotic place to share a roll with them. Some double shooters mark the sprocket they hook in the winding device so that their partners can hook the roll in the same point, but that is no exact science and you shouldn’t put too much trust in that technique.
Two final tips:
Set the ISO of your camera one stop above the ISO of the film (for instance if you’re shooting a 100 ISO roll, set the camera to 200 ISO. And tell your partner to do the same!). That way, you’ll underexpose the two images and both will be clearly visible.
If your camera hasn’t got a “MX” switch, or if you want to share a roll of film with a fellow lomographer, or if you want to shoot a whole roll again, get yourself a film retriever! They’re really cheap and you’ll be able to re-shoot your rolls as many times as you wish.
Multiple exposure is one of poetry’s last shelters.