I love to create layers in my photographs. Foreground, middle ground and background all working together. Bits of information, different sides of the story, one playing off the other or complimenting those that come before.
It’s a compositional and storytelling tool going back hundreds of years. Spend time in an art museum, and you’ll see Renaissance painters using the same technique. Many photographers are famous for their multilayered images. Pick almost any Magnum photographer and study their work. Cartier-Bressan, Constantine Manos, Alex Webb, and David Allen Harvey are a few masters at the technique.
It’s not always easy to construct successful layered images. It takes practice. It takes patience. It necessitates seeing at a very high level. You need to look at an almost Zen-like level. When you can feel the image, you have learned the technique.