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Camera Obscura Image of the Grand Tetons in Resort Room

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Camera Obscura Image of the Grand Tetons in Resort Room

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Abelardo Morell
American, born Cuba, 1948

Date

1997

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

2002.279

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

This photograph demonstrates the basic scientific principles of a camera obscura: if a lens or aperture is placed in one side of a completely dark chamber, it will select and focus the rays of light from the outside to create an inverted image of the external scene projected onto a surface opposite to the chamber.
Morell’s “Camera Obscura” series features many surreal scenes such as skyscrapers inverted on New York hotel room walls, but this view of the rugged Grand Tetons landscape projected upside-down into the safe and bland bedroom, carefully centered on a small elk statue, is an especially playful and ironic commentary on the way we inhabit, experience, and photograph the natural landscape.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust

Image Copyright

© Abelardo Morell.