Tom's Elf Portrait
A self portrait I did when I was in my mid 20’s. I took a picture of a tree in my mothers front yard and then had my daughter, who was 5 at the time, take the picture of me. The portrait of me was shot on black and white film and the tree image was shot on color. I then sandwiched the negatives in the dark room to complete the double exposure. Because the image of me was on black and white film the skin tone is slightly sepia. My eye was also sepia in the original print. I then painted the eye color in with retouching paint. I like to call this my “Elf Portrait” because it has such an elvish, fantasy look. Photo © copyright by Tomas W. Mitchell.