Preparing for Episode 02 – Double Trouble

In Episode 01 it was my chance to set The Camera Challenge. I set Gabriel the task of using a film camera for the very first time. In Episode 02 it’s his chance to get his own back. He’s challenged me to do double exposures using a film camera with any camera and any film, while he uses his new iPhone 6+ and any app. That’s a tough challenge!

It’s set me wondering which camera to use. The Sprocket Rocket? No, I used that in Episode 01, although it’s great for double exposures. Here’s one I shot of a Ferris Wheel on a day out in Cardiff. I used a film exposed the wrong way round through the browny-red film backing to give it the ‘redscale’ effect.

Double Exposure - Ferris Wheel - The Camera Challenge
(c) David Bailey (not the) – Double Exposure – Ferris Wheel – The Camera Challenge

Should I use the Olympus AZ-300 Superzoom? It was European Camera of the Year in 1989. I’ve been happy with some of the double exposures I’ve taken with it in the past. Here’s a retro ice-cream van with close and far exposures using a Kodak Elitechrome film which was over 15 years out of date and had been badly stored. It’s nice and grainy! I also cross-processed the film by putting it through the development for print film rather than slide or reversal film, so it’s got a pronounced colour shift.

Double Exposure - Ice Cream - The Camera Challenge
(c) David Bailey (not the) – Double Exposure – Ice Cream – The Camera Challenge

Here’s one I took with a double exposure of the ripples of the pool exposed over the top of Joseph.

Double Exposure - Joseph at the Pool - The Camera Challenge
(c) David Bailey (not the) – Double Exposure – Joseph at the Pool – The Camera Challenge

Choices, choices. I’d better choose the camera I’m going to use soon – I’ve only got a few days left.

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