Fortuitous Layers

Welcome back! I have been working on a pretty cool project the past couple of months and wanted to share it with all of you.  If you would like to get an idea of my approach to making these images please feel free to read the project description below.  Thanks for the support!

Upon arriving in San Francisco and commencing my MFA at SFAI, I began exploring film photography with newfound enthusiasm. After a couple of months, I was photographing on the street with a medium-format Kodak Reflex II, customizing each roll of film to fit into the now-obsolete format. I began to discover occasional, inadvertent double exposures, peculiar images that would have previously been discarded (having served as a US Navy Officer for nearly a decade, my approached to photography was grounded in a similar, structured mindset). I noticed a compelling dynamic between the layered images being produced – a methodical approach to composition and the joining of two or more independent and unrelated photos in to an absorbing narrative.

I became fascinated with these random juxtapositions, top and bottom images fused in-camera by chance. I tried to replicate the process with various controlled tactics, sacrificing randomness for an organized formula, but the resulting images felt staged and shallow. Enthralled with the arduous process of creating these photographs, I eventually developed a workflow that incorporated both approaches; I began shooting a roll of film, re-spooling it, and then shooting it again, sometimes weeks later, without knowledge of what I photographed initially. The resulting images showcase this dynamic, incorporating a disciplined, stylistic approach and a complex, time-consuming method into an experiment of chance.

I would love to hear what you think!


  1. They turned out really well.

    The one with the dog sitting on the steps is really cool. I also love the seagull and the fisherman.

  2. Carole Allegro says:

    Hi Adam!
    Kinda quirky! I like that you’re experimenting but miss your beautiful, inspiring compositions that are truly artistic. What you’re doing now is probably adding to your growing artistic vision, however.

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