Room-Sized Camera Obscura Brings The Outdoors Inside

Room-Sized Camera Obscura Brings The Outdoors Inside
Arts & Culture

A photography series transforms interiors into otherwordly environments through projection.

Kyana Gordon
  • 31 may 2013

In his captivating series “Camera Obscura”, photographer Abelardo Morell brings the outside world indoors. The photo project began in 1991 when Morell began projecting the view outside on the walls of his living room, and twenty-two years later – he has expanded his scope and captured interiors all around the world, using an unusual camera obscura method.


Morell achieves these fascinating images by installing a lens or prism in a window, which changes the space into a camera obscura. Next, the outdoor view is projected onto the opposite wall, upside down through the lens. Then, a long-exposure photograph snaps the outside world as its projected within the room. Morell explains in more detail:

Over time, this project has taken me from my living room to all sorts of interiors around the world. One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside.

Scroll through the gallery below to see more of these stunning images where the outdoors becomes a part of a room’s interior.


Abelardo Morell

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