Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
American, born Cuba, 1948
Abelardo Morell is internationally renowned for images that use the language of photography to explore visual surprise and wonder. From pictures of his family and home from a child’s point of view to images in which he turns an entire room into a camera obscura, Morell approaches picture-making with wit and creativity. Recently he explored the concept of joining an image of a landscape with the nearby surface of the ground. With the help of his assistant, Morell designed a light-proof tent that projects a view of the landscape onto the ground under the tent through the use of optics similar to a periscope. He then used a view camera inside this darkened space to record the effect.