Tribute to Abelardo Morell
It’s almost three months that I’ve subscribed to the National Geographic Magazine in Farsi. This is the magazine that I don’t want to miss a paragraph, reading carefully, and It has great influence on me.
Here you can see a picture including two frames overlaid using blending options in CS6 Photoshop. The landscape is showing the colorful mountains of Hormoz island. The other frame is just a normal capture of the small rocks and salty soil on the ground where I took the landscape. It’s not the best shot, but I really like the technique.
In fact, I’ve copied the idea of “Tent Camera” by Abelardo Morell that I read in NG Magazine Nov-2013. He is a great photographer live in Massachusetts. Since 1991 he have converted rooms into Camera Obscuras to capture the strange contrast 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.