I have died and gone to art history geek heaven. No, I am not referring to falling asleep during a long lecture. I’m talking about the imaginative “Stenop.es: The Pinhole Movie Project” that brings art history to life with apartment-sized camera obscuras. Using DSLR cameras set in home-made camera obscuras, a time-lapse short film is created, showing the city movements across the apartment’s interior.
The camera obscura is literally from the Latin for “dark room” and was originally a darkened chamber with a small hole or lens in one wall that allowed an image from the outside world to be projected on an opposing wall. Portable versions were later constructed to project images onto canvases or reflected onto glass. Ultimately, the camera obscure became the casing of the photographic camera.
Filmmakers Romain Alary and Antoine Levi have reinvented this age-old optical treasure in the following movies. Keep in mind, these are not made with projectors. This is the actual real-time reflection of what is occurring outside each interior space.
A Pinhole Movie Project ● FRANCOIS 1ER
GHAT ● CAMERA OBSCURA
Wondering why the images are topsy-turvy? That is a trick of the optics and what our own human eye switches around for us.
Want to make your own? Check out as National Geographic staff create a room with a particularly interesting view.
Making Your Own Room With a View: Room-size Camera Obscura
Want to see large-scale? Try Edinburgh’s attraction, the Camera Obscura of San Francisco near the Cliff House or Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. Many museums and historical registries still maintain these optical marvels.
Alary and Levi’s film project is ongoing, so to see more check out their website: stenop.es
Until Next Time . . .
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