Two photographers each expose the same roll of film once.

One photographs the landscapes…

…the other photographs the people.

Neither has any idea what awaits them in the other half of the frame.

And that’s exactly what makes the images so great.

And that’s exactly what makes the images so great.

And that’s exactly what makes the images so great.

And that’s exactly what makes the images so great.

And that’s exactly what makes the images so great.

And that’s exactly what makes the images so great.

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Dueling Photogs Share The Same Roll Of Film

Two artists expose the same roll of film once. Serendipity ensues.

Dueling pianos are pure fun. Two musicians go all-out with their craft, and somewhere in the midst of this inherent competition, a whole new sound is born that’s larger than either player could produce himself.

People vs. Places is a new photo blog along the same lines. Creators Stephanie Bassos and Timothy Burkhart each carry a camera with them all the time. Their photos end up on the site. But rather than the product of one artist alone, each image is a double exposure--containing one photograph by Bassos and one photograph by Burkhart.

“We never know what the other is shooting, we just know that Stephanie is shooting people, and Tim is shooting places,” the duo tells Co.Design, “and when we each finish a roll of film, we hand it over to each other . . . then we do it all over again.”

They even alternate who drops the film off at the lab.

Double exposures are by no means a new idea, but splitting them between two photographers offers the medium all sorts of unseen serendipity. A child sits on a construction crane. Sunbathers bask on a surreal, tree-strewn landscape. A human figure quite literally becomes one with nature. And it’s all unpredictable yet seemingly inevitable brilliance, a collaboration focused dead on that sweet spot where art emerges from chaos.

See the blog here.

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7 Comments

  • pwnstar

    Boring. If one does places and the other does people, where's the serendipity. It's just pragmatism.

  • aviva jaye

    Stephanie always has great ideas to match her and her friends' incredible work. It's great when an old idea is regenerated in an interesting way. Thanks for featuring them!

  • Stephanie Bassos

    Thanks Aviva, although I cannot take entire credit for the idea!  Tim had been shooting some point and shoot photos with an old Nikon film camera from the 80s and just happened to accidentally load a roll twice into the camera without realizing, giving him a roll of double exposures. Then he had noticed that the camera never fully rewound a roll of film at all, and left the door open to shooting double exposures all the time. We wanted to use this as the basis of a collaborative project with our differing styles of photography. We admired what the other was working on photographically and have wanted to work together, and this just seemed like an organic way to do that. Glad you like it!

  • Gadget4Apple

    If double exposure can be so fun, what about our triple exposure to work with MacBook, iPad and iPhone all at one time?