Camera Obscura

Photographer Abelardo Morell transforms basic living rooms, bedrooms, and vacant rooms into surreal scenes through a technique called "camera obscura." The effect is created by coating windows with black plastic until total darkness is achieved, then a small hole is cut in the plastic and this opening allows an inverted image of the outside world to flood the walls of the room. The image of the outside world is always upside down; the entire room is basically transformed into a camera--the walls functioning as nonpermanent film. To make the effect last Morell then photographs the strange visual effect. It's basic physics, but it still seems magic. Morell was charmed and routinely transforms mundane chambers into magical landscapes possessing both indoor and outdoor qualities.