There’s an antiques mall a mile or so away from my house. I sometimes like to go over there and look through their vintage photographs. I found this one there yesterday. It cost $2 and was labeled “double exposure”.
When viewed vertically, the clearest part of the picture shows a boy feeding a bear cub in the woods. The boy is sitting down and the cub is in front of him standing on a fallen log. It would be a pretty cute picture if it weren’t for the big blurry shapes obscuring the middle of the image. Hey, what are those anyway?
I turned the picture horizontally and couldn’t see much of anything at first. Then I noticed that the trees over on the right side were growing in an entirely different direction. I gradually began to make out a second wooded scene. The big blurry shapes kept me from putting it all together, though. Grrrrr. I still thought it was a cool picture, so I decided to buy it. I thought it would go well with my collection of bird dresses, sledding girls, and pretty ladies on boats.
It wasn’t until I got home that I was able to make out the horizontal image. I scanned the picture into my computer and rotated it 90° to the left. Then I blew it up until I could see the digital image about 3x larger than the original photograph. That’s when the big blurry shapes turned into a big furry face and I saw the second half of the double exposure!