Room-Sized Camera Obscura Turns Light Beams Into Giant Mural

Room-Sized Camera Obscura Turns Light Beams Into Giant Mural
Arts & Culture

With a mixture of physics-know-how and creativity, artist Chris Fraser has created a modern update to the age old photographic technique.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 5 june 2012

Widely acknowledged as a precursor to photography as we know it today, the Camera Obscura–a box-like optical device that projects an image of its surroundings on a screen–has been used for hundreds of years for scholarly work and visual entertainment. Artist Chris Fraser takes his knowledge of light artistry along with the physics behind the age-old device to create astounding light pieces. The difference is that instead of a mere box, Fraser uses an entire room as his Obscura.  As told to FastCo Design, Fraser explains the mind behind his creations:

It is both utterly remarkable and terribly ordinary. But there is no need to stop with one opening. Bore a second hole into the wall and two images, offset but roughly similar, will appear. Continue to drill. Remove the wall piecemeal, minding each change. Picture will stack atop picture, dissolving eventually into the mere impression of light.

Flip through the images below to see Fraser’s impressive command of light:

Images via Fast Company

Chris Fraser


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