I started a class-led foray into Analog Photography with my trusty Canon AE-1 last year,
starting with our rad first assignment: ghosts! (and ufo's - more on those, later...)
This was part of the research I did for an Analog Design Photography class I took at the beginning of second year (fall 2012). I was so excited to learn the basics of using a camera manually, much less using film (which I had recently fallen in love with again - but I am old enough to have had a film camera before, thankyouverymuch). We also had to research National Enquirer magazine and the like (for the cheese factor).
And then we got going in class and - egads! So much tech to learn! I had kind of expected that,
but whoa. And once you get the basics of film loading and stuff, then you focus more on the scary stuff like - shit, now I have to develop this film! Properly! Without messing up any of the light-tight and chemical steps! But seriously, it was the most fun. The teacher & group of design kids was amazing, I learned a ton, and I was sad when the class/darkroom priviledges were over!
Starting with this, the first scary assignment - Ghost & UFO photography!
AKA: double-exposure boot camp (or any other ghostly film effect).
Being interested in the paranormal (still - and I used to be that tween that scared themselves silly watching those ghost hunter shows, which I still regularly do), I was so excited about this assignment! Like, geeking out. These precedents helped me see what was possible to shoot.
I'm going through all my school work to properly document it/start my portfolio, so I'll share the ghost shots I took soon - I thought it might be cool to share the inspiration behind them, too.
Are you interested in this kind of ghostly photography at all?
Do you have any favorite ("real" or staged) ghost photos or photographers?
PS - If you're interested, Duane Michals has a lot of great ghost shots.