March 18, 2010

Camera obscura picture

"For Abelardo Morell and Hiroshi Sugimoto"
Photo Credits: Abby Banks, Ashley Carey, Henry Dunn, Matte Greaney, Helen Jones, Sara Rice

This photograph was taken after turning our living room into a camera obscura. I had been talking with my roommate one day about pinhole cameras and camera obscuras and how you could make a darkened room into a camera obscura pretty easily. She did not believe me. I showed her a book by the photographer Abelardo Morell who does just this in his pictures. She was still skeptical but excited at possibility so we decided to try it for ourselves and, of course, we had to take a picture of it. With the help of some friends, a bunch of cardboard, and four rolls of duct tape success was ours! We then sat in the room and watched a documentary film about Abelardo Morell (it is called Shadow of the House by Allie Humenuk, and I recommend checking it out) and took a picture of ourselves for the duration of the movie. We thought it was a nice way to pay homage to our biggest inspiration for this endeavor. The length of the exposure was also a nod to the photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto who takes beautiful pictures of movie theatres by taking an exposure for the entire length of the movie.
Here are some shots by the artists who influenced us:

Abelardo Morell

Brookline View in Brady's Room / Manhattan View Looking West in Empty Room

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Orinda Theater / Union City Drive-In


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