DOUBLE EXPOSURES BY Φ.Λ.Α.Σ.
Φ.Λ.Α.Σ. (FLAS) is an independent, artistic activity in Thessaloniki (GR), formed by a group of students who share the same passion for photography.
Theoretical and practical courses take place once a week, in a fully equipped darkroom situated in the basement of Faculty of Architecture.
However, their initiative goes beyond the above… ΦΛΑΣ members are organizing excursions across town, exhibitions, and continuously experiment in order to develop their photographic talent and express their perspective.
We asked ΦΛΑΣ about their latest project “Double Exposures”
-OPS- : How did you come up with the idea of “Double Exposures”?
ΦΛΑΣ: During the year, we organize some projects, of relatively short duration, in order to deal in more detail with different techniques and fields of photography. One of these was double exposure. We all found it very interesting, technically and aesthetically and for that reason every one of us did some research and experiment with this technique for longer time than we did with other projects. So we decided to be the theme for our annual exhibition.
Each one of us worked individually but we all had one same concept to work with, and that was a double exposed photo by combining a portrait and a landscape.
The reason of using this technique varies, but it is surely created for same purposes
– beauty and uniqueness. The key to make a good double exposure photograph is pretty simple – be wild, try everything you think is fun!
-OPS- : What method did you use for this project?
ΦΛΑΣ: Some of us used Photoshop and others used films in order to combine two photos into a single. With Photoshop basically a photographer takes two photos and overlay one to the other by controlling the opacity. With analogue photography it is a little bit more complicated. In short terms, the camera shutter opens twice and exposes the same frame of the film to two different images, while being careful not to over or under expose the photo.
-OPS- : Photography is about capturing a moment or creating a new one?
ΦΛΑΣ: Well, it’s a little bit of both and it always depends on the photographer’s point of view.
Someone may want to capture the moment, another to express oneself, other to raise awareness and so on…
In any case, photography creates emotions in one way or another.
After all as Elliott Erwitt said: “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
Their action in the city of Thessaloniki holds more than 20 years and all the courses are made voluntarily by members so…
Anyone sharing the same passion for photography is always welcome in Φ.Λ.Α.Σ.
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