These In-Camera Double Exposures Are a Result of Write Issues



All images by Juan Alvarez Lara. Used with permission

The world of double exposures usually yields results that are completely intentional. But in Juan Alvarez Lara’s case, his camera accidentally created some interesting mashups. “About a year ago I was with my daughter at a museum here in Puerto Rico and I took photos of the day.” says Lara. “On the bus back home, while I was reviewing the pictures I accidentally format the SD card.” But when he got home and tried to recover the images, he found something very trippy had happened to them.

The processor had blended the images together. Digital images are written line by line–in the video world this is called interlacing (vs. progressive). And the images recovered contained parts of other images–effectively blending them into a different type of double exposure that isn’t possible through normal picture taking methods.

The results are really interesting, trippy, and have the look of canvases sewn together.

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