Back in November, I wrote about photographer Abelardo Morell and his camera obscura work. Essentially, he turns entire rooms into a reflection of the outside, using the physics of light to combine interesting landscapes with the interior of rooms which overlook them. This has continued to fascinate me and imagine my surprise when exploring Artomatic, I find a camera obscura on the 11th floor.
While the scenery may not be as dramatic as the Eiffel Tower or the canals of Venice, standing within and experiencing a real-life camera obscura was one of the neatest things I've ever seen. The installation belongs to Photo Gathering, a group focused on large format and alternative photographic processes, which meets at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland, on the first Thursdays of the month.
With nearly 200 artists on Artomatic's 11th floor, it's easy to miss an exhibit - look for the door with the black fabric in room 274. Artomatic 2012 closes for good this Saturday so hurry!! The camera obscura only works during the day and there are many, many more exhibits to see in just four short days.