This Cool Double Exposure Was Done In-Camera on a Mamiya RB67

Lead image by Danny Stewart. Used with permission.

If you’ve ever used many higher end medium format film cameras, one of the things that you always have to remember to do is advance the film unless you want a double exposure. Even then, sometimes it happens on accident. But in the case of Danny Stewart, this accident was a really cool one. Danny is a regular poster to R/Analog and shared this image with the subreddit. As you can tell, even if this was an accident, one would mistake it for a very intentional image with a message. It happened while Danny was working with his Mamiya RB67.

The Mamiya RB67 is one of our favorite cameras, and is very analog in its design and functionality. The user has to recock the shutter and then advance the film after every shot. It’s quite literally a two step process and this is because it makes the double exposure process easier. Additionally, it really makes the photographer pay attention.

Danny told us the following:

I was doing headshots for a buddy of mine but he wanted them to be more than just “corporate”.

The double exposure happened because I was using a Non-Pro S back with my RB. The Non-Pro S back has a two stage winding mechanism where you have to pull a tab and wind + the shutter and sometimes I forget to wind the back.

This was the only double exposure because it was actually the last shot of the roll. I remember after the shoot I said, “wait… how many shots was that?” Because it felt like more than 10 lol.

Danny shot this photo using Ilford XP2 film. “I love XP2 solely because I wasn’t developing at home and my developer only does C-41 nowadays.” Danny relates. “Plus, the contrast and grain really do it for me when you underexpose at 800!” Ilford XP2 is perfect in that case because it is a film designed to be shot and developed C-41–which is different from the black and white developers out there.

You can see Danny’s work on Instagram at @dannyphoto and his website!

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.