I made a series of camera obscura time lapse videos in my dorm room. I’ve always heard about this technique from school, but I’ve never had the chance to make one and experience it. It was a very surreal experience to see the outside world projected into my room. I like the concept of integrating what is going on right outside of my window and projecting a very public space into my little compartment.
I have a bunch of videos, but this one is my favorite. When the light is projecting into the room the image is flipped vertically, so I edited the video so that my room is upside down.
This is the original video before it was flipped.
This video was around noon, so the light was extremely bright.
I thought it’d be interesting to see both videos in perspective of the room and the outside world together.
Some interesting photos from the plethora of photos
I made three camera obscuras that led to my final one. I did one in Margaret Morrison with the help of some professors, one in my friends dorm, and one practice session in my dorm with different sized peep holes. I think the most difficult part was just making the room as dark as possible.
Margaret Morrison: attempt #1
Friend’s room: attempt #2
My room: attempt #3
I have a corner room, which is great because there’s a lot of movement outside. But it was a pain to cover up all of my windows.