by KATHY RUGH
Our modern day cameras have many new features and technological advancements, but their very foundation comes from the simple nature of how light travels into a dark space through a small opening. There are some photographers that still choose to create images from the most fundamental form of a camera, a camera obscura, or “darkened chamber.” These are rooms that have light closed off except for a small circle that allows light to enter. When the opening is small enough this causes the view of the outside to be projected into the inside.
Vera Lutter is a German born photographer now living in New York who creates large-scale photographs directly within a camera obscura. She places large sheets of light sensitive photographic paper within the room and documents some of the outside view as it enters the space.
Lutter uses the original photographic paper as the final and unique print from the scene. Since the paper is typically used in a darkroom to make positive prints from a negative, her resulting images have reversed tonalities, leaving the skies dark.
Lutter creates her camera obscuras in a range of locales, capturing these unique images within New York City and around the world. To learn more about her work visit her website at http://veralutter.net/home.php.