Posted by: marthabernie | October 26, 2014


As I’ve mentioned before, I took photos for years with a Canon AE-1 camera.  After I had had it for a number of years, I bought the auto winder that went with it and for ever after, never did I miss a shot because I had not advanced the film in time.  The photo above is a fluke.  It is obviously double exposed, but that wasn’t supposed to happen with the auto winder.

I was meeting a friend at Venice Beach one afternoon in late 1997, and before I left home, I put a new roll of film in the camera and the auto winder advanced, ready to shoot.  Somehow, as I was loading the camera, it went off and caught the image of my daughter lying on my bedroom floor next to my bed. The carpet was about the same color as the Venice Beach Boardwalk.  Julie had come into my bedroom to talk about something or other and as she often did, she stretched out.  The bed was on a carpeted platform, and that is the bed ruffle hanging at the top of the image where you can also see the palm trees and Santa Monica Mountains in the background.  You can best see the ruffle and comforter to the left and bottom of the sign on the right that says, SKATES.

I went off the Venice Beach shortly thereafter, met my friend and started taking photos.  The first photo of the Boardwalk obviously double exposed over the photo of my daughter.  When the film was developed a few weeks later, I was really surprised but pleasantly so.  Everyone who saw the photo thought it was amazing since they thought I had done it on purpose using some wonderful photographic technique.  I couldn’t have captured these two images in one if I had tried…and believe me, I didn’t!

What I like about the photo is that Julie’s legs sort of melt into the building on the right, her middle is centered with the middle of the Boardwalk, and then her hands are lying there next to the Palm Reading sign!  You may not be able to see the detail in the post, but it’s a great photo!  Just goes to show that if you take enough photos, you eventually get some really great ones!


  1. Reblogged this on westside luxe living.


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