Three nudes by Charles Swedlund.
In his intitial photographs using multiple exposures, around 1960, Swedlund depicts ethereal, overlapping nude figures against a dark black background. Later in the decade he began to photograph figures within natural landscapes, alone or in groups, so that their surrounding environment contributes to the picture’s formal and metaphorical effects. In each case, Swedlund produced the layered images in the camera, rather than in the darkroom by sandwiching negatives or other deliberate printing techniques.
“This distinction is important to me,” he noted in 1973, “I like and foster the associations produced by accidents or vaguely controlled situations rather than the ones consciously constructed.”