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INVENTING NEW MEDIA

SHOOTING FORMATS # 0.1: CAMERA OBSCURA

The camera obscura – meaning ‘Camera’ from Latin, locked chamber and ‘Obscura’ meaning Dark, is exactly that, a darkened chamber. A small hole allowing bright light waves in to travel across and reflect off of the chambers wall projecting an upside down image of the world outside. It was a technique used by artists to trace reality and became the precursor to photography.

This was discovered before 470 BC to 390 BC with mention in the records of Mo-Ti, the Chinese founder of Mohism. The video below shows how simple it is to create (as well as going on to make a 3D version!)

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