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“Figure with Two Heads” by Tania Serket

This photograph was created in 2024 in my studio in Vilnius. It was shot on medium-format film using long exposure and double exposure techniques.

The image stems from my latest series, Equilibrium. In this series, an attempt is made to distinguish individual colors, extract the essence of color, and understand what content it can transmit. In addition, color matching and “mixing” when shooting on film always surprises with an unexpected result.

Equilibrium is a continuation of the series Blindfolded, which evolved from the series On the black wall – the pandemic caused dialogue with yourself, time, boredom, and the unknown. All images were created in an enclosed space using black painted walls whilst experimenting with long shutter speed and the artist itself as the main character in the picture. The shapes created by movement seemed to create a new reality consisting of colors and rhythm. Then, experimenting with the possibilities of double exposer against a black-painted wall, “living” and “non-living”, static and dynamic objects are combined in one frame of film, sizes are changed, colours are overlaid.

You can observe how different objects find each other and, for a moment, gain realization. A person participating in photo still life seems to be in a space of association and imagination with phantasmagoric and surreal images. Sometimes, it is the main character; sometimes, it is a part of an object, and sometimes, it is just a color spot. In the field of double-content, double-form, color is experimented with as the most beautiful property of light.

What are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

In my opinion, the most important thing is a good composition that “speaks” authentically in my language and the suggestiveness that comes with the help of color.

If you could make this photo again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?

I would make more takes; maybe there would be a different, more interesting shot between them.

Tania Serket shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.

Photographer

Tania Serket, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Equipment and settings

Mamiya RZ67, Kodak Gold 200
Double exposure, scanned, increased contrast using Photoshop.
No other manipulations.

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