Making images

This is a photo, one of a series, that I took in Kentucky in the late 1980s.  I was then, and now, very intrigued by the nature of making and framing images, with a camera or not.  I had initially tried to do some camera obscura photos by blacking out a room and letting only a very small opening project light, and the landscape beyond, on to the rear wall of the room.  By mixing up a light sensitive emulsion and coating paper or canvas and hanging it on the wall, I had hoped to make a giant photo with the camera being the size of the room.  Well, it didn’t work, or I should say I couldn’t get it to work.

This series however, was a corollary to those efforts.  This is a photo of the exterior landscape reflected on an old, broken piece of glass inside an old barn.  The fuzzy, ethereal landscape, an oneiric pastoral scene, is brought into existence by the shattered, cracked glass.

For a magnificent example of really making a camera obscura work and transform the space of the room into something sublime, see the work of Abelardo Morell, http://www.abelardomorell.net

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