My intention was to continue last week's discussion in this week's post, but I got stuck and couldn't get my words to make sense. Sometimes this happens. I'll continue to work on it and post in the near future.
In the meantime, I wanted to give you film-shooters a cool idea to try out. You may be familiar with multiple-exposure shots using some of the manual, low-tech cameras that are pretty popular right now. A friend took this step a little further a few years ago and see what happens when two different people combine their own images. His idea was to shoot a roll of film, rewind it leaving the leader outside the canister, and trade off with another photographer who would expose that same same film with their own photos. The results are very random and very cool multiple exposures. It started with a small group of local photo-friends and expanded world-wide.
Some of my own favorite collaborative photos include this one traded locally with Jennifer Wade, this one mailed from Eric Petersen in Minnesota, and this one sent all the way from Spain by Jessica L. As you can see, the photos are multiple-exposed and completely random combinations of shots taken by two different people. For more examples of this process, check out the Flickr group that Scott started: Collaborative Film Society of DC.
If this is something you'd like to try, find a photographer-friend and each shoot a roll of film. Rewind the film so the leader edge remains outside of the canister so it can be reloaded into a camera. You may need to use a manual camera to control the rewind process unless you can figure out how to rewind your film by hand in an automatic camera (I wasn't able to do that). Alternatively, if you roll your own film and have reusable canisters, just transfer the exposed film to the new canister inside of a changing bag. If you run into issues with this, post in the pool's discussion board and someone will be able to provide some helpful suggestions. Once you've both shot your film, TRADE! Shoot it up and see what you get.