Berlin-based photographer Stephanie Jung is known for her experimental take on multiple exposures. Her extraordinary shots show cities that depict reality but nonetheless lead to a different, surreal dimension apart from our real world. She tested applies her infinite multiple exposure technique, this time with the help of the Lomo'Instant camera.
Please introduce yourself to the Lomography Community.
Hello, my name is Stephanie Jung, I’m 26 years old and since 2012 I have been working as a freelance photographer in Berlin. I focus on fine art photography as well as portrait photography.
You are well known for your infinite multiple exposures. Since when have you been shooting this way and which techniques do you use?
My first tries started in 2009. Back then I was on a school trip to Paris where I was fascinated by the bustle of the business district. I wanted to capture this feeling and moreover exaggerate it a little bit. Even if I liked the result that followed, I didn’t think about it any further. Only in 2010, during my journey through Japan, I remembered this shot. After that, I took my first multiple exposure series and they turned into my major project.
The technique varies and depending on the motive. I shoot some multiple exposures directly with the camera. Other pictures are created afterward with image processing. Sometimes I combine those two methods or decide spontaneously, whichever works well. There are already a lot of creative possibilities with the simple multiple exposure setting you can find on your camera but I love to try out new techniques.
Some pictures look like you pressed the shutter six or even more times in a row. What is the highest number of exposures you have ever done?
With my camera, I do no more than 4 exposures. Anything more than that is hard to control and the pictures’ structure vanishes. By reworking the images I can add elements and edit them as I like.
Now that you have tested the multiple exposure features of the Lomo’Instant, how would you assess taking pictures with it?
I was really excited to test an analogue camera because until then I only shot with digital ones. The workflow was completely different which I had to get used to at first. Because you can’t control the exposure or other general settings while you are shooting you have to think about it very clearly in advance. This is a little challenging, especially when you’re doing multiple exposures. But after I got used to it I really enjoyed shooting with the Lomo’Instant. Waiting for a new picture to develop never got boring.
Where did you take the camera? What can we see in the pictures?
I mainly went around Berlin and visited the “Pretzlauer Berg”, “Mitte” and “Pankow.” You can see parts of the city and daily life scenes like the underground station “Eberswalder Straße,” the Museum Island" and the television tower. Two of the landscape shots were made in Brandenburg where I went to a nature reserve.
Do you have any tips on how to shoot with the Lomo’Instant that you’d like to share?
Generally, you should take your time, in the beginning, to get to know the camera’s features and functions. I always shoot with natural ambient light without any flash so I was quickly very limited when there were bad light conditions. In this case, I recommend not being afraid of using the flash when the weather is not so fine.
Do you have any projects planned? Did the camera inspire you to do a little analogue work too?
Currently, I am working on combining my fine art pictures with portrait photography which is a totally new direction for me. It is still very fresh but I want to do more on it next year.
The Lomo’Instant inspired me indeed to learn more about analogue photography. It is a completely new way to work which is very interesting for me. I must admit that I miss the realistic colors of analogue pictures in digital photography. Therefore the pictures are a lot more atmospheric and have a unique charm.