Louis Dazy is a photographer known for his neon vision and double exposure 35mm film photographs. Although quite varied, the images always seem to return to the theme of people superimposed with neon messages. Either way, his mastery of double exposure using the classic Nikon F2 and a roll of 400 or 800 speed film has become his forte. Self taught and barely in his late 20’s, he has managed to secure a very recognizable style and genre that is all his.
Louis Dazy Films
Starting with a roll of Portra 400, he has quickly progressed to using Cinestill 800, Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Portra 800, Lomography Color Film 400 and expired Kodak Gold 400. He likes to describe his work as “ethereal”, but at the same time finds labels like that a bit overused. Labels are not needed. The images speak for themselves.
But the images and processes to obtain said images are only a small part the complete picture. (no pun intended) Each image is an adventure unto itself. Meeting people, seeing details one might miss and projecting a vision he hopes will move others. An exciting interpretation of the mundane. Being mostly inspired by the cinema, as opposed to photography, he still loves the work of the obviously cinematic Gregory Crewdson, among others. Someone whom I refer to as the Edward Hopper of photography. But I can see the link using the 35mm niche.
A Musical Landscape on 35mm
Listening to music everyday, he draws much of his vision from the musical landscapes that subconsciously paints each photograph. Almost as if he’s an audio to visual interpreter. One thing he does know. He loves his camera, the Nikon F2, that just seamlessly translates that vision. As is obvious, he prefers to shoot at night, but just past the golden hour at dusk can also bring an excitement to the images as a ‘portal to the night’.
To view more of his images, both personal and otherwise, visit his site linked below. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from Louis Dazy in the future.