Words cannot express how much I love these pieces by Cuban-born photographer Abelardo Morell. Each image is a heartbreakingly beautiful blend of interior and exterior — the ultimate melding of two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds that perfectly captures the longing for travel … and the comforts of home.
To create the images, Morell blackens the windows of the room and pricks a tiny pinhole in the window covering. The outside environment is then naturally projected upside-down on the interior of the room, wrapping everything contained within. A long exposure photograph is taken of the result, creating an often otherworldly image.
The photographer began his work with camera obscura using black and white photography and extremely long (10 hour) exposures. More recently however, he has expanded into color photography, digital technology and the use of special lenses and prisms which allow him to shorten his exposure times, and create sharper, right-side up images.
What do you think? Aren't the results gorgeous??
For many more images and information on the process, visit the website of Abelardo Morell.
1. View of Florence Looking Northwest Inside Bedroom, 2009
2. Upright Image of the Piazzetta San Marco Looking Southeast in Office, Venice, Italy, 2006
3. View of Landscape Outside Florence in Room With Bookcase, 2009
4. View of the Manhattan Bridge-April 30th / Afternoon, 2010
5. Manhattan View Looking South in Large Room, 1996