Double Vision: Christoffer Relander
Making composite images is something many photographers do every day. But, before Photoshop and digital cameras, if you wanted to combine multiple images into one, you either had to do it in-camera by manually winding the film back, or, if you are Jerry Uelsmann, in the darkroom using multiple negatives on multiple enlargers. Doing it in camera was tricky because not only did you have to wind the film back to the correct spot, but you also had to be sure to use exposure compensation on the images so that the whole thing would work. Well, hopefully it would work, since you wouldn’t know until the film had been processed. Doing it in the darkroom, on the other hand, was a different kind of challenge. Not only did you need to align multiple negatives on a single sheet of blank paper, but you also need to expose each image correctly, and that’s not even considering the dodging and/or burning required to only use certain portions of each image. Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander is taking the technique to gorgeous heights in his new series We Are Nature. Using a Nikon D700, Relander makes his double and triple exposures in-camera and then does the dodging, burning, toning and color grading in post. Though he has previously explored the technique in a series of portraits, in the new series Relander has raised his own bar.