How Double Exposure Photographers Fuse Two Separate Worlds into One Dreamlike Scene

A photographer using both methods in one curious way…

While many photographers stick to either analog or digital double exposures, French photographer Olivier Ramonteu uses both methods. His series Alter Ego features ghostly images of twins—or so we think. Some are identical twins while others are the same person shot in multiple exposures. Because of this twist, there’s an element of bewilderment to the compositions, and it's achieved by using the two approaches.

Double Exposure Photos

Photo: Olivier Ramonteu

“Half of the pictures are made with an analog camera,” he reveals to us via email. “It is an old Mamiya c220 that works with films. The other half of the project is made with a modern digital camera.” Continuing, “[I did this] because I wanted to create more confusion about what you're looking at. I wanted people to doubt the nature of what they see. I wanted the confusion to be about the subject and about the technique.”

Can you tell the difference between the two? If not, Alter Ego demonstrates how no matter the method of double exposure photography, you can produce striking, highly creative images.

Double Exposure Photos

Photo: Olivier Ramonteu

Double Exposure Photos

Photo: Olivier Ramonteu

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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