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Milan’s Architecture and People in Surreal Double Exposures

By Kishore Sawh on December 11th 2013

Today when you think of Milan, you’d be in good and majority company if you conjure up images of streets dotted with tidy young Italian models with impossible figures, wearing equally impossible heels. You would then see that the streets they saunter flow through alleys of old and decadent architecture. Being visually geared you may then notice, and take pleasure in, the juxtaposition of all this; the youthful beauty draped in fashion as fleeting as the seasons, paired with the staying power of classic styled architecture. And this juxtaposition is something designer and photographer Francesco Paleari blends in single images.


Profili di Milano (Profiles of Milan) is Paleari’s project to profiling a historic and modern city, and to show us “Milan in the profiles of the people who live it every day.” He has done this using double exposures. Often double exposures are done to illustrate a corresponding meaning between two subjects. How perfect a style to use then, for this city and its people. Each composition blends a portrait of a Milanese person with one of Milan’s architectural gems.


[REWIND: Double Exposure in Camera with Canon 5D Mark III]

The images are manipulated in such a way that each facet of the images remains distinct; the facial features remain and aren’t a silhouette, which maintains expression; and the buildings’ form isn’t restricted to fit within the confines of the other side of the head. Creating a double exposure isn’t necessarily difficult, but brilliant execution in concept and product is less common, and there is considerable skill involved. It can be a powerful tool in the photographer’s skillset. Paleari’s work is artfully done, and the results are compelling. Bellissima!











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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  1. Stephanie

    This is wonderful! The first photo is definitely the most striking, but I like how the second one looks like a hat =)
    Just beautiful.

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  2. Maria

    Great article and terrific images. Love that the silhouette and architecture are both equally visible.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      He really did well with these. I don’t often see many multiple exposure shots this striking.

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