October 23, 2019

Crossing Paths Enriches Our Lives and New Technology Can Inspire Using Old Technology in a New Way


So excited that my one of my in-camera digital multiple exposures was chosen for F-Stop Magazine's Abstraction Issue. My image, Intersecting Lives and Lines, captures manifold views of a glass fire door at MASS MoCA.

Intersecting Lives and Lines
I see the gray lines as the journeys of individual humans. When our paths cross, our life experiences become deeper and richer.

Discovering that my Nikon DSLR allowed me to create in-camera multiple exposures like this sent me on a digitally enabled journey into abstraction.

In my prior days working as a photojournalist in the film era, I did everything I could to avoid double or multiple exposures.  In the past few years, I have begun shooting film again.

Empire State Building
This image I shot with a plastic Holga 120mm film camera. I was passing the Empire State Building in a cab and shot out the window, rotating the angle of my camera between each of four exposures on a single frame of film.

There are a few day left to bid on a print of this image, which I donated to raise money for the In-Sight Photography Project, a non-profit in Brattleboro, VT, that offers photography classes for all youth, regardless of their ability to pay.

I love the way a new technology inspired me to go in a new direction, which then led me to use an old technology in a new way.

Professor John Nordell teaches courses in the Visual and Digital Arts Program at American International College in Springfield, Mass. He blogs about the creative process at CreateLookEnjoy.com  Instagram: @john.nordell


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