September 23, 2008

Abelardo Morell's Fantastic Camera Obscura Images

This is the marvelous work of Cuban-American photographer Abelardo Morell. Morell uses the ingenious Camera Obscura method on these pictures and the result is fantastic.

"Abelardo Morell travels the world and converts full-size rooms (some spare, some ornately rococo) into immense camera obscura devices. He brings the outside in through a tiny pin-hole, and by the alchemy of optics, the outside is projected quite naturally upside down superimposing and hugging the surfaces of everything in the room. Then, he photographs the resulting “installation” with his 8 x 10 view camera and enlarges the prints to mural size.

The effect is dizzying and delightful. And the photographs get better and better as you study them and soak in the exquisite overlapping details" says lensculture.

View of Volta del Canal in Palazzo Room Painted wit Jungle Motif, Venice Italy 2008

Image of the Coliseum inside Room #20 at the Hotel Gladiatori

Image of the Coliseum inside Room #20 at the Hotel Gladiatori

Camera Obscura Image of The Philadelphia Museum of Art East Entrance in Gallery #171 with a DeChirico Painting, 2005

Santa Maria della Salute in Palazzo Livingroom. Venice, Italy, 2006

Central Park Looking North,Summer 2008

Upright Camera Obscura Image of the Piazzeta San Marco Looking Southeast in Office, 2007.

View of the Grand Canal Looking Northeast from Room in Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy 2008

Santa Maria della Salute in Palazzo Bedroom. Venice, Italy, 2006

Santa Maria della Salute with Scaffolding in Palazzo Bedroom, Venice 2007

The Tower Bridge in the Tower Hotel, 2001

The Courtyard Building, Lacock Abbey, England, March 16, 2003

Manhattan View Looking South in Large Room, 1996

Camera Obscura Image of the Pantheon in the Hotel Des Grands Hommes, 1999
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