Assignment 1: Artist Research Miki Takahashi and Julia Wang

In my last post, I talked about the idea of there being two sides to a picture, and how it would be interesting to portray a choice of what the subject is doing.  So I sat around thinking about how I could go about with this idea, when I started to think about double exposure.
To have one picture overlap another would be a great way of depicting a choice being made; what I could have is the subjects face in one side of the frame, whereas the rest of the picture would be taken up by an action by said subject (still on the idea of social pressure though!) But what would be important though would be to make sure there is a lack of emotion of the subjects face, whilst letting the secondary image do all the talking

But seeing as the final pieces has to done on film, the whole process of burning and dodging would take a while to do. So the best bet would be doing it on digital, as I could have a mess around with pictures just so I could begin to get an idea of where I could place pictures, where to begin the exposure and so on. But it was hard for me to get a clear image in my head of what it could be like, so it looked like research was at hand!

So I decided to look at some artists that work in this area, where Takahasi popped up. And her work is on the lines of what I am looking at. I can’t see any real themes with her work, apart from the secondary images being based around nature (with flowers being the main focus) or urban scenes (but this time, it was the bright lights of the city’s or cars being shown.)

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But all of her work comes with a lot of double exposure and digital manipulation, which does provide a split in the picture, as the secondary images (such as the flowers) takes out attention away from the faces. I think this because it seems like the second image is a part of the face, that is continuously going on and on across the pictures. Yet, we know that cannot be so, and we try to force ourselves to look back at the face once again, but our vision keeps on being dragged to the right.

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But what really grabs at my attention is how we can still get that human element of things as the other images creep onto the faces, as if they are invading the person. We wonder if the person is looking out at this particular place during the day and is wondering what is it like at night? Or are they in completely different place and would love to go there? or, on a more negative note, did something negative happen here; something that they wish never took place at all?
These are important question to ask, as it makes us think what the importance of this second image really is, as why should any two random images be put together unless they have a meaning!

An artist that is somewhat similar to all of this is Julia Wang, a teenage photographer that works in the double exposure field as well.
Her photo’s are very similar to that of Takahasi, in the way that you can still see the face of the subject, yet a quite powerful secondary picture merges with the face, creating this illusion which causes the viewer to look twice at the picture.

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And it’s the technique of invading onto the face is the main area of work what I think is what my pictures would need; as we can still tell who the person is, yet the pictures creeping up onto them could suggest the idea that this event has happened to them, or how they would act in said event maybe.

Both artists have produced work, which must have taken a long time to edit to get everything to be so in tune and perfect. I think the main problem for me is going to be doing this in the dark room , hence why taking some test shots on digital is going to be so useful because I can get a feel for what works well and what doesn’t.
I think that if I was to get this technique right, it would certainly have quite an impact for the viewer, especially with social pressures being something so important.

By just having the person’s face there, with the action coming across at the same time, it could hopefully make the viewer feel like they are in the subjects feet if that particular event happened to them. Some may agree with the action, some may disagree as it is all down to personal actions. In the end, it could ask the question: “What would you do?”


[1] Takahashi M, In Nature Sense [Online] Available from
[2] Takahashi M, In Nature Sense [Online] Available from
[3] Takahashi M, In Urban Sense [Online] Available from
[4] Wang J, Poetic Expressions [Online] Available from <> 205_365
[5] Wang J, Poetic Expressions [Online] Available from <> City Girl 2

Complex Art+Design, Miki Takahashi’s Mesmerizing Photography, Kathryn Henderson, Aug 25, 2012; [Online] available from <>
Photography Blogger, Surreal Layered Portraits by Miki Takahashi, Stephanie Kay-Kok [Online] available from
Behance, Miki Takahashi; [Online] available from <>
Model Mayham, Julia Wang; [Online] available from <>
My Modern Met,Poetic Expressions (15 photos) Alice September 17, 2010; [Online] available from <>
MashKulture, Julia Wang Photography, Mark January 28th, 2013; [Online] available from <>


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