Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell – ‘Flowers for Lisa’

Abelardo Morell - Flowers for Lisa

Abelardo Morell – Flowers for Lisa

 

Abelardo Morell’s series ‘Flowers for Lisa’ – a delirium of floral still life with all sorts of influences—painting, music, design, fashion, philosophy, started as a birthday gift for his wife instead of a bouquet of actual flowers.

“However, something in the making of that first photograph gave me a newly found spark to experiment in ways I had not done before.

I chose the subject of flowers because they are lovely things – often exchanged between lovers – and they are part of the long tradition of still life in art. Precisely because flowers are such a conventional subject, I felt a strong desire to describe them in new, inventive ways.

Abelardo Morell - Flowers for Lisa

Abelardo Morell – Flowers for Lisa

 

I love the way Jan Brueghel, Edouard Manet, Georgia O’Keefe, Giorgio Morandi, Irving Penn and Joan Mitchell, reworked the look of common flowers to show unexpected versions of them. The subject of the photographs in my work may be flowers, but they are also pictures about perspective, love, jealousy, hate, geometry, sex, life, the passage of time and death. I love how in choosing to limit myself to one discrete subject I was able to open doors into a world where I felt inventive, improvisational and fresh.”

Abelardo Morell - Flowers for Lisa

Abelardo Morell – Flowers for Lisa

 

The series is published in a book by Abrams.

Abelardo Morell - Flowers for Lisa

Abelardo Morell – Flowers for Lisa

 

Abelardo Morell – ‘After Monet’

Abelardo Morell’s project ‘After Monet’ – a contemporary search of Monet’s artistic spirit within the landscape of the places where he lived and painted in France.

Abelardo Morell - After Monet

Abelardo Morell – After Monet

 

“The photographs were created during the summers of 2015 and 2016 in Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, Rouen and other regions in the Normandy coast. For this work I used my Tent/Camera. This device that I invented utilizes a periscope-like optical mechanism that brings nearby views directly onto whatever ground is beneath the tent. These photographs are the product of the visual sandwich of the projection and the ground. I love seeing how the changing ground surface alters the views into something half painterly, half photographic.”

 

Abelardo Morell – ‘Camera Obscura’

Renowned photographer Abelardo Morell was born in 1948 in Cuba but since 1962 he resides in the USA. His first experiments with the camera obscura technique started in 1988 as a teacher of photography in art college when he covered the windows in the classroom with black opaque plastic sheeting in order to darken the place and no light be visible. Then he cut a small hole in them and his students were mesmerized with the result. On the opposite wall was projected the upside-down image of the scene from the outside. Simple but so powerful. And as he says “It felt like the moment photography was invented.”

Abelardo Morell -Camera Obscura

Abelardo Morell -Camera Obscura

 

An article in National Geographic explains what the Camera Obscure is and how Abelardo Morell applies its principles to his works and if you want to take a closer look of the process see the episode 1 of the BBC series The Genius of Photography  (from the 3th to the 6th minute )