National Geographic : 2013 Oct
Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Since 1991 I’ve been obsessed with making pictures from hotel rooms that I’ve converted into camera obscuras. A few years ago I went to West Texas and had this fantasy of photographing the desert the same way, but of course there are no rooms in the desert. So I used a tent. The tent became a way to see the surrounding landscape projected directly onto the ground itself. I got excited about the idea that this could be a way to celebrate all the iconic places in the West—places that are hard to see in a fresh way because they’ve been photographed a billion times. I mean, how many pictures of Old Faithful are there? But with this way of making pictures, I felt like I could give these incredibly important landscapes a new urgency. They’re kind of hopeful, because just when you think you’re tired of this old world, there’s a new way of seeing it. Photographs by Abelardo Morell A periscope lens in the top of the tent projects the image 90 degrees down onto the ground inside. A video interview with Abelardo Morell can be viewed on our digital editions.