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Claudio Vanin – Chemistry of Chance


All the photos shown here were taken using either slide film or colour negative film, and all of them are multiple exposures made in camera. In the early days of photography the new medium was received with the awe reserved for the miraculous; here was a magic box containing a magical substance that could capture what came before its eye and preserve it forever. Eventually the process became commonplace and banal, but it’s still possible to rediscover the original magic, and that is my approach to taking pictures these days. Beyond the fundamental magic of light-sensitive film I find an additional excitement in the possibilities of merging two or more images together in one indissoluble fusion through the simple technique of multiple exposure. The element of chance is basic to the method, since it’s impossible to predict or visualize what the result will be. I especially like the simplicity of instant film or slide film, where the final result is produced at the moment of capture. I hope you may enjoy some of these photos, and I invite you to see more of them at

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