Abelardo Morell  Tent Camera

001 Tent-Camera Image On Ground-View of Mount Moran and the Snake River From Oxbow Bend Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Mount Moran and the Snake River from Oxbow Bend. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. 2011.

002 Tent Camera Image on Ground View of Rio Grande and  Mexico Near Boquillas Canyon Big Bend National Park Texas

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Rio Grande and Mexico Near Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas. 2011.

003 2012_Tent-Camera Image on Ground- View of the Golden Gate Bridge From Battery Yates

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Yates. 2012.

004 Tent-Camera Image on Ground- Rio Grande Looking Southeast near Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: Rio Grande Looking Southeast Near Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas. 2011.

005 Tent-Camera Image on Ground- Turret Arch. Arches National Park,Utah

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: Turret Arch, Arches National Park, Utah. 2011.

006 Tent-Camera Image on Ground- View of Cathedral Rocks From El Capitan Meadow. Yosemite National Park

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Cathedral Rocks from El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park. 2012.

007 Tent-Camera Image on Ground- View of Jordan Pond and The Bubble Mountains. Acadia National Park, Maine - March, 2010

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Jordan Pond and the Bubble Mountains, Acadia National Park, Maine. March 2010.

008 Tent-Camera Image on Ground- View of Old Faithful Geyser. Yellowstone National Park,Wyoming

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. 2012.

009 Tent-Camera Image on Ground- View of Sea Stacks Looking North, Ruby Beach, Olympic National Peninsula, Washington. 2012.

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Sea Stacks Looking North, Ruby Beach, Olympic National Peninsula, Washington. 2012.

010 Tent-Camera Image on Ground- View of the Golden Gate Bridge From Battery East

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Battery East. 2012.

011 2013_Tent-Camera Image on Ground- View of Tower Hill, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2013

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Tower Hill, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. 2013.

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Since 1991 I have con­verted rooms into Cam­era Obscuras in order to pho­to­graph the strange and delight­ful meet­ing of the out­side world with the room’s inte­rior.

In an effort to find new ways to use this tech­nique, I have worked with my assis­tant, C.J. Heyliger, on design­ing a light proof tent which can project views of the sur­round­ing land­scape, via periscope type optics, onto the sur­face of the ground inside the tent. Inside this space I pho­to­graph the sand­wich of these two out­door real­i­ties meet­ing on the ground. Depend­ing on the qual­ity of the sur­face, these views can take on a vari­ety of painterly effects. The added use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy on my cam­era lets me record visual moments in a much shorter time frame– for instance I can now get clouds and peo­ple to show up in some of the photographs.

This way of observ­ing the land­scape with spe­cially equipped tents was prac­ticed by some artists in the 19th cen­tury in order to trace on paper what they saw in the land­scape. Inter­est­ingly, this approach to pic­tur­ing the land was done even before the inven­tion of photography.

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