After three hours of laying completely still, waiting for his film camera’s long exposure to complete its eight-hour run in a darkened room, Abelardo Morell started to have nightmarish hallucinations. He eventually fell asleep, but his restlessness ruined the photo anyway. That’s when he decided some of his photos would work fine without him as a subject.
Morell, a Cuban-born photographer, has become well-known for traveling the world and converting rooms into camera obscuras, or pinhole cameras. By letting light in through a small hole from outside, the viewfromthe room is projected upside-down back into the room itself, creating an interior/exterior overlap that pleasantly confuses the eye. The room essentially becomes a giant camera, but instead of film, the image is displayed on the contents of the room.