British photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten makes use of the old double exposure method through her series of portraits called Renaissance. Whether set against urban or natural backgrounds, her models hauntingly merge like spirits into the landscape. London-based Fullerton-Batten is globally acclaimed for her work and has exhibited as a fine art photographer quite extensively.
Her photos have come to be renowned for their inventive settings as well as her use for cinematic lighting. This modest but impressive collection of her personal work, however, digresses from her trademark style. Fullerton-Batten composed hauntingly stunning double exposure portraits, as she layered images of people along with various landscapes.
Meditative and pensive subjects find themselves seemingly trapped by the city scenes or the country surroundings. The images are flawlessly merged as several elements turn into a single hypnotic picture that straddles the line between reality and fantasy. Fullerton-Batten’s subjects were obviously directed to appear filled with melancholia as the dreary backgrounds amplify this mood.
In Fullerton-Batten’s bio write-up it is said that, “she insinuates visual tensions in her fine-art images, and imbues them with a hint of mystery, that combine to tease the viewer to re-examine the picture continuously, each time seeing more content and finding a deeper meaning with every viewing.”
In photography, double or multiple exposures is a technique wherein the camera shutter is opened more than once to expose the same film frame at least twice or even multiple times, usually of different subjects. The final image will typically contain the subsequent image/s superimposed over the first. The technique is occasionally used as an artistic visual effect, to create ghostly images, or to add people and objects to a scene that were not originally there, such as those done by Fullerton-Batten. It is regularly used to create photographic fakes.
See its creative use by Fullerton-Batten here.