Double Exposure Manhole Cover Tire Holga Photography

A car’s tire and a manhole cover! I love playing with double exposures with my Holga camera. Since the Holga is a wholly manual camera and does not auto-forward when you take a photo, it means you can take one photo of one thing, then a second photo of another thing, and the images will overlay on top of each other right on the film itself. This isn’t Photoshop. This is the way double exposures used to be done – right in the camera. The light and shadow interact with each other on the film and create a fun result.

This is a black and white photo taken with my Holga 120 medium format film camera.

I first went into the parking lot of the Uxbridge art gallery and hunkered down to take a straight-on photo of a car’s tire there. I then went over to the sidewalk in front of the gallery to take a photo of a manhole cover. I tried my best to remember exactly how large the tire had been in the frame to then hold the camera the right distance from the manhole cover.

It worked out pretty well!

I was teaching a class on Holga photography at the time, so I wanted to show students some of the fun things one could do with a Holga.

I took this photo with Xtremist Ultrafine Xtreme B&W 120 ISO 100 Film.

Photographer: Lisa Shea

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