I was really blown away by the work of Abelardo Morell; originally from Cuba, a few years after the revolution he came to America, where he took a course photography and has been practicing ever since.  Prajna Desai wrote a review for the Aperture Blog, entitled Outside In, of Morell’s retrospective on view at the Art Institute of Chicago.  It seems that the majority of this work involves combining the outside and the inside by transforming rooms into giant camera obscuras and photographing the resulting juxtaposition.  Even more recently, Morell has been using a mobile camera obscura tent to focus the landscape onto the ground. The robust landscape is distorted by the debris covering the ground, creating a very painterly and abstracted view of the landscape through photography.

But beyond these images, I also found that I really enjoy his earlier black and white work. The way he views the world is very peaceful, yet playful.  He is not afraid of the simple subject, nor should he because he seems to always capture some beauty or interest within his subjects.  He also has an extraordinary eye for light and how it interacts with its environment.  I really liked listening to him talk about his work in this interview from SCAD, especially the final 40 seconds.

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