In our article series, Making a Moment, we’re asking photographers to share one of their favorite photos that they’ve taken. We want to know the story behind the final image and everything that went into making it.
This time we’re shining the spotlight on long-time Lomographer Roberto Fiuza.
Roberto lives in Leiria, Portugal where he works as a personal trainer. He caught the film photography bug about ten years ago and has been an active member of our community ever since. His path to discovering Lomography is perhaps a story familiar to many of our community members who found themselves pursuing digital photography but accidentally falling for film along the way.
Roberto initially invested in a digital camera and took it along to a workshop to learn more about photography. However the teacher of the class brought a Diana mini to the workshop and for Roberto there was no going back. As he tells us, “my digital camera was quickly forgotten.”
These days street photography is Roberto’s favorite practice as it allows him to combine some of the things he loves most; walking a lot, listening to music and photographing strangers. But the story he chose to share with us is not one about a stranger but instead it involves his wife, a stray cat, and a bit of luck.
Roberto Fiuza: This is one of my most popular photos and I would like to say that the result of this double exposure was planned but that’s not true!
I shot it on my canon EOS 5 with a 100 mm macro lens and Kodak Ultramax film. The tele lens allowed me to remove distractions and to focus only on the subject, my wife, standing in front of a window with a strong backlight. I was hoping to get a silhouette which would frame the second exposure but I failed, you can see her face!
After that I went outside the house and shot the first interesting thing I saw - a stray cat that used to come over for food. I could get a really close shot because of the macro lens and this double exposure was born.
Double exposures are one of my favorite things in film photography and to this day I still find that a good double exposure is 10 percent planning and knowing the “science”, and 90 percent luck. Even if I tried, I don't think I could make this photo again!
In this series of articles we're asking you to share the story behind your favorite photo. Interested in being featured? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line - Making a Moment.