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Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

Luis Corpus

on 14 April 2010

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Transcript of Camera Obscura

The Camera Obscura What is a camera obscura? Why does it reverse the image? Well, light travels in a straight line If the light bouncing off this bear
traveled directly at us, we would
never see the top of his head or feet Light would have to cross
diagonally in order for it
to enter our pupils. It is our
brain who makes us see the
image right-side up. Woah! What does this have to do with art though? Well, artists have been taking advantage of this phenomenon through the use of the camera obscura. Mirrors are used to reflect the image right-side up and the artist will then use the camera obscura to trace the image. camera = room in latin
obscura= dark According to the Hockney-Falco Thesis,
artists began to acheive extreme realism during the 1400's due to the camera obscura and similar optical techniques. Perhaps you rememember this artist Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Marriage Although the Hockney-Falco theory has never been fully proven, the effect that the camera obscura had on the art world is undeniable. After all, why make a painting that looks exactly like the subject, when it is much easier to take a picture of it. But enough of that. Let's go see if our camera obscuras work!
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