Camera Obscura

In May Gallery 2 was transformed into a magical camera obscura!

Passers-by and regulars alike had the opportunity to walk in and observe the outside world indoors. For the obscura to work well we needed some bright British sunshine and once a visitors' eyes adjusted to the darkness in the gallery the view from outside magically appeared. We loved passers-by outside trying to peep in the pinhole created in the gallery windows to see what was going on inside before venturing in.

The gallery became a large camera obscura by blacking out the gallery windows except for a precise pinhole. This allowed an image of the outside world to be presented in the space upside down. A fantastic experience to see the natural optical phenomenon in action.

Did you know that Camera Obscura were used to study eclipses and were the basis for the photographiuc camera too?


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