WHAT IS CAMERA OBSCURA?
Camera obscura (from Latin camera obscūra, “dark chamber”), is the natural optical phenomenon that occurs when an image of a scene at the other side of a screen (or, for instance, a wall) is projected through a small hole in that screen as a reversed and inverted image (left to right and upside down) on a surface opposite to the opening.
CREATING A CAMERA OBSCURA
- Choose your room and your view
- Black out all of the windows. Leaving a large hole (10cm square) in the middle of the window where your view is (This can be done with pieces of cardboard, or thick bin bags, recyclable materials would be best)
- Now make a smaller hole in a piece of board that will fit over your larger hole. This is your aperture, ideally it should be circular, the smaller the aperture the greater sharpness and depth of field but the dimmer your projection will be. (This can be overcome through documenting your work with long exposures)
- Once you have ensured no light is coming into the room (except through your aperture), turn off the lights and wait for your eyes to adjust. Your view should be projected.
The submission can be in the form of a photograph, video, 360 degree image etc sent via WeTransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Along with the visual we would also like to invite you to take an audio recording in your native language telling us about your experience during these last few months (if this is not in English could you also submit a transcript in English) and a few details about yourself (Name, profession, country you are currently in).
Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you.
Deadline for submissions is close of play 5 June 2020