(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
At first glance, this Olympic image taken by Andrew Medichini might look like a Rorschach inkblot, but a closer look reveals the inspired work of a seasoned AP photographer executing a well-known photographic technique.
"The multiple exposure shot has always been a classic in fencing photography,” said Medichini, who’s covered seven Summer Games.
Medichini has photographed fencing for the last three Olympics in London, Beijing and Athens and is again focused on it in Rio de Janeiro.
He uses the dark environment of the fencing venue and the close proximity to the fencers to his advantage, experimenting with various exposures and lenses.
Unlike other Olympic events like handball or soccer where the activity is constant, the action in fencing arrives in short bursts, allowing Medichini time to set up his cameras and lenses in new and unique ways.
"You want to make people curious, so you shoot from above, you shoot from below, you focus on the details,” he said.