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double-exposed buddha 二つ露出の仏 (kamakura, japan)

Posted by
timothy sullivan (Tokyo, Japan) on 29 August 2008 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

i must confess: this image was entirely unintended.
the third week i was in japan, i had finished my first roll of film on my dad's spotmatic iia that i was borrowing at the time. i wasn't accustomed to how to load the camera, and it would get a little persnickety at times when the film wasn't wound around the first sprocket just so.
in this case: the film had gotten stuck, and some rather strange things happened. the first two or three frames were kind of sandwiched together, and came out like an accordion. the subsequent 5 frames or so had double, triple, or even i think a quadruple exposure. (call it beginner's naiveté, but i was rather surprised to have been getting 28, then 29 and a few more exposures off a roll of 24!)
while the camera somehow sorted out the film in the end and i could get a few "normal" photos, this was one of those aberrant exposures that completely caught my eye.