Ruthann Godollei
Camera Obscura Photos

The Carmera Obscura is a mobile image capture device, consisting of a 911mm cartographer's
lens from a WWII B52 airplane mounted on an Art Car. The public can view live camera obscura
images, even at night, in the headlights of the Art Car. The enormous lens, securely mounted
on the moonroof, is attached to a small tent of black drapery. Viewers can tuck their heads
under the tent and view spectacular full-color inverted images projected on a whiteboard held
upright by the open trunk lid. The term camera obscura simply means "dark room" in Latin.
These devices were 17th c. artists' tools and popular public amusements in the 19th century.

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