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    Shadow of the House is an interesting film about Morell and his work;

    http://www.abelardomorell.net/posts/blog-post-test/

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    Probably one of the oldest artist's aids in the books. Goes back centuries. Nice image on the link.

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    Camera obscura?

    Quote Originally Posted by momus View Post
    Probably one of the oldest artist's aids in the books. Goes back centuries. Nice image on the link.
    I saw a really good documentary recently about the rediscovery of artists using a concave mirror to get a brighter image. I'll try and find the name of it later.

    Edit: the documentary was called Daivd Hockney the lost secrets of the ancient masters.
    Last edited by Newt_on_Swings; 06-08-2014 at 10:41 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Abe Morrell was our featured speaker last year at a PHSNE gathering in Boston. His work is amazing. The thing to remember in planning to do anything like this is that the room will be so very dim that any photographic exposure of the image on the wall (film) will take a long time. Minutes, not seconds.

    As for Hockney and the use of mirrors and lenses by Renaissance artists, the tool most cited is the Camera Lucida, not Obscura- a very different animal indeed, but equally cool. The concave mirror technique works as well for projecting a high key lighted area onto a white surface in a darker part of the room. Try it with a make-up mirror.

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    Also check out this nice short film: https://vimeo.com/71673549 (Paris) and this film: https://vimeo.com/46175179 (India).
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