How do you make a compelling visual story out of something as common and typically mundane as buildings? The answer seemed to be obvious to Hayden Williams, one of our favorite double/multiple exposure experts. On their own, the structures before him weren’t original, eye-catching, or effective story-tellers, and he knew just how to work around this straight away.
“I tend to shy away from taking normal pictures of these things because it doesn’t feel very original. Everyone sees these buildings, so everyone can identify them. But, if I can add a little magic to these common sights, then that creates a very powerful and relatable feeling,” Hayden said on his series aptly named Structures, which was based on buildings and other man-made objects.
“The inspiration for each of these photos is very different, but their circumstances are similar. When I can think of a unique way to capture buildings, I’m very eager to take those pictures.”
Armed with his trusty Canon AE-1 and the same mastery of double exposures that we’ve seen in his Puerto Rico snaps, Hayden mixed and matched structures of his choice to people, foliage, and other man-made elements, creating the impression of worlds, sights, and maybe memories melting together into singular stories only he knew how to tell.
“I’m trying to mix the ordinary with the extraordinary. I’m trying to take something that everyone sees and add a little extra. Each photo has a different message to it. The last one (in the gallery above), for example, is just about the harmony of cities and nature. But when people see these photos as a whole, I’d just like them to be inspired. I’d like people to see that there’s a lot more magic and creativity out there, and that there’s always a story to tell.”
From their origins as antiquated techniques for special effects, double and multiple exposures have gone a long way, and Hayden works are among the best cases in point. To him, they give him infinite possibilities and enable him to combine multiple stories — like his own version of a storybook — that wouldn’t really make much impact on their own.
“Many times I’ll want to take a picture, but I feel that it’s not interesting enough. So I’ll take the shot, and expose it with another, giving me the freedom to add whatever emotional element I can think of.”
See the rest of Hayden’s Structure series here.
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