Triptych of origami cranes in a camera obscura.

Cranes Descending Heaven

2010

There’s a famous fine art photographer from Boston named “Abe Morell” who is known for his mastery of the camera obscura technique. Abe is also one of my photography heroes, and a lot of my work around this time was heavily influenced by him. This technique is the principle which all cameras are based upon. In nature, when small bits of light enter a dark chamber, an inverted image of the scene outside will be projected into the chamber. This technique was popularized by painters during the Renaissance, who used camera obscura to render a true to the eye perspective of their subjects. Here I’ve photographed the cranes with my good friend and fellow photographer Aziz “Oz” Lalani, when he came to visit me in Boston back in 2010.

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