Captured Within a Camera Obscura

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.

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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.

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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.