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ABELARDO MORELL AND THE CAMERA OBSCURA

Author: Luisa Bernal

Section: LAB

Date: 01.2012

 

Perhaps, becoming an emigrant from adolescence, somehow entails that the borders between what lies inside and what lies outside are blurrier. That you take part of what was left inside along with you, what you left outside is indissolubly merged inside you, even if your surrounding context has very little to do with all that…

 

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Abelardo Morell was born in Cuba in 1948 and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1962. He wanted to be an engineer, but he wasn’t very good at maths, so he ended up taking a photography course where he discovered what was to become his lifelong passion. In 1977 he graduated in Art at Bowdoin and in 1991 he took his first photograph using the Camera Obscura technique for which today he is well renowned thanks to his original approach and the irresistible beauty of his images.

 

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Abelardo Morell I DressLab.com
Morell takes a look back and recovers the origins of photography changing the scale of the Camera Obscura: he switches the box covered with a black curtain behind which the photograph was originally shot, for an entire room dressed in the same colour. In it he leaves a tiny gap to allow the light in. After a long exposition period, what takes place on the other side of the window is projected onto the walls of the room; we are witnesses to the hectic life and magnificent facades we believed to be reserved for the outside in a context designed for intimacy and the result is fascinating. The details of both scenes blend into one composition, trapping us with the promise of many stories to be imagined and making us feel comfortable in a space where borders easily disappear.
A good way to start the year, reading poetry in each and every one of his images.

 

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Abelardo Morell I DressLab.com
Abelardo Morell I DressLab.com
Abelardo Morell I DressLab.com

 

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