Double Exposures of Landscapes and Portraits Reconnect Humans with Nature

Portland-based photographer Jon Duenas has a very neat idea for literally reconnecting people with nature: double exposure photographs. His series of photographs superimposing landscapes over portraits of women have a beautiful, sometimes eery, effect.

I asked Duenas about his inspiration:

I've seen some digital manipulations that were along the same lines. But I'm not one for digital manipulations. I prefer creating my images in camera. At the time, I was really diving into shooting with film and really starting to get a feel for the way that film reacts to light and how it differed from the way a digital sensor does. So in a way, the medium itself was a large part of the inspiration. But probably the biggest inspiration is simply the breathtaking scenery all around me here in Portland. This city is such an inspiring place.

Nature-inspired photographs are hard to pass up, especially when they're done in such a wonderful way. Duenas uses film exclusively, and works to get the image just right in-camera.

When I asked what he hoped viewers would get from these nature-inspired images, he replied, "I think that anything the viewer gets when they connect with my photos is much more valuable than anything I could tell you about what I think they're supposed to mean... when I see them, I see the longing I have to connect with my surroundings and with nature, and the knowledge that we're all made up of the same stuff. Not in a metaphysical or abstract way. But in a concrete, scientific way. But like I said, that's what I personally get out of them. What someone else gets is just as valuable and true."

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Double Exposures of Landscapes and Portraits Reconnect Humans with Nature
These beautiful images by a Portland photographer are inspired by the area's natural spaces, and are intended to reconnect us with nature.

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