Abelardo Morell’s photo series Alice in Wonderland
Morell’s images locate the viewer to a fantastic, spaceless world guided by fictive, paper cut-out figures. While the series is not presented in a linear narrative, the photographs allude to recognizable moments in Lewis Carroll’s story, Alice in Wonderland. The photographs evoke the viewer’s visual memory in relationship to childhood and storytelling using characters well known to many- read Western- audiences.
Morell creates imagined scenes using thin, paper cut-outs and three-dimensional objects, mainly books and household item like teapots and, what appear to be, the fabric of chairs or curtains. Using strategic lighting to illuminate the enclosed spaces, the photographer highlights the differences between the objects’ dimensionality- celebrating the juxtaposition instead of hiding it. The resulting scene hovers between the surreal and the real by giving the audience a clear narrative, yet takes away the physical and psychological depth of Carroll’s characters. Moreover, the relatively shallow depth of field and intimate space created by the images draws the viewer into the created world in a comforting, yet unparalleled way.
Each photograph gives the viewer a magical world to gaze upon. While the flat figures are not literally photographed in action, the associated story activates a meaning each photograph takes on. Morell’s use of books, a subject matter used often by the artist, strengthens the metaphor between the photograph and the book: like a story in a book, the photograph draws its audience into a world unique to itself allowing the viewer to be transported to another place.
Tichy was an eccentric. He was held prisoner for almost a decade in Soviet labour camps just for that—being an eccentric, falsely accused of dissidence.
Upon his release in the early 70’s he wandered his small town in rags pursuing his voyeuristic obsession with the female form by photographing women unaware in the streets, shops and parks, through windows and fences, with cameras he fashioned out of tin cans, children’s eyeglass lenses and other junk he’d pick up while wandering.
La mia maggior fonte d’ispirazione
Un leggenda che ho studiato.
Fiore di un prato dell’ovest, porta il tuo polline verso est, lascialo volare nel vento. Il tempo cambia e cambiano le persone. Il polline resta uguale.
FORSE IL VENTO TI HA PORTATA QUI
Arianna del Filo
“A thousand times”