Unless you live in a basement or some hermetic box (or, Harry Potter-style, under a staircase), the view outside your window is indisputably a part of your interior. Whether you're 25 stories high overlooking a vista of skyscrapers, perched on a mountainside surrounded by evergreens, or about four yards away from another building that obstructs all views and most of your daily intake of sunlight, what exists on the other side of that opening to the world will have some notable effect on the atmosphere inside.
This is all the more true in these rooms photographed by Abelardo Morell for his series "Camera Obscura." For the project, Morell transformed a number of rooms into large-scale camera obscuras by installing prisms in the windows of the rooms that project views of the exterior onto the walls of the interior. .
In Morell's long-exposure photographs, darkened interiors are illuminated with blown-up images of distinctive exterior settings: Images of Italian cityscapes, American riverfronts, and assorted countryside and park vistas are plastered over walls, doors, curtains, and furniture, creating striking collages of interior and exterior with an age-old visual trick.
"Over time, this project has taken me from my living room to all sorts of interiors around the world," said Morell. "One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside." See if you can guess the location of each room (and then try to guess the real estate value!).
[h/t Beautiful Decay]