Coastal Camera Obscura

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The Coastal Camera Obscura has the outward appearance of a dark, tent-like structure, surrounded by a floating timber-framework. Arriving by kayak, participants pass through the inside of the structure, their boat poking out from the baleen-like entrance and exit that keep the structure dark inside. Light entering the narrow end of the wedge-shaped structure through a simple lens projects a real-time image of the surrounding landscape inside, on the wide end of the camera obscura where, upside down and backwards, it falls onto a white projection screen. Assembled on a beach and floated with the rising tide, the camera obscura was exhibited in Vancouver’s False Creek in 2017, as a project of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. In a previous incarnation the camera obscura was exhibited as the Quidi Vidi Camera Obscura in Quidi Vidi, St. John’s Newfoundland, during Eastern Edge Gallery’s 2014 Art Marathon Festival. The Coastal Camera Obscura has been created with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the British Columbia Arts Council.

Artist: Donald Lawrence


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