I’ve been admiring Armenian artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyan’s paintings of women’s faces appearing through their hands that look as if they are real double exposure portraits for quite some time now; and I’ve had this strong urge to try to replicate them on film. I had one frame left of my Ilford Pan F Plus film and I decided to try to crate it today in the studio with my oldest daughter as a model. I will be sending off the film to a lab in the next few days although I have little hope that the image will turn out to be anything like what I wish for it to be like.
In order to get the exposure right for the image with my film camera, I took two test shots of her with my digital camera, and I fell in love with one of the two images. There is something in her facial expression, something almost sorrowful and “heavy,” something of a depth that reaches way beyond her young age. I don’t know what it is, but I love how it shows in this image.
(85mm, ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/160 sec + 150ws monolight with 17″ beauty dish above the camera and a silver reflector below the camera)