"This photo was taken was September 6th, 2001 in Echo Park Lake. You always want to start with the darker image. The slide for the film exposes from darker to lighter, so the more darkness that you have in the first image, the more the second image will be able to bleed through. So I shot a picture of the mother duck with her two little ducklings in a dark portion of the water in Echo Park Lake and then I superimposed it over the little bridge in the lake, trying to give an idea that the duck was about to attack the bridge.
Both photos were shot one immediately after the other. You have to keep that first image in the camera and find something to overlay on it. In those days it was very different from doing it digitally. This was in the old days with film, where you just had to remember where the different elements of the picture were and hope that you line things up properly on the second image so you could still see the first. I was trying to achieve an acidic/psychedelic effect in the photographs to mimic what I was seeing in my psychedelic acid hallucinations." - Roger Steffens
The Family Acid is Roger, Mary, Kate, and Devon Steffens. They are based in Los Angeles.
Roger Steffens is a photographer, archivist, author, actor, editor, DJ and lecturer. He has been taking photographs since the early 1960s, documenting his unorthodox life and experiences. Recently his children, Devon and Kate, began scanning his slides and negatives and posting them to Instagram. The majority of these photographs haven't been seen by anyone outside of the family until now. There are approximately 40,000 Kodachrome slides and hundreds of thousands of black and white and color negatives. In early 2015, The Family Acid released their first book.
Kate Steffens is an editor, archivist, writer, and artist. She curates The Family Acid Instagram page and runs the photo archives.
Devon Steffens is a musician and artist. His latest album as Psychic Health was released in September 2017 on Time No Place Records.
Mary Steffens is the heart of The Family Acid, providing stories, memories, and inspiration.