Artist Chris Fraser has created an incredible camera obscura light installation called, ’The Air Around Us’, in which he’s used his knowledge of physics to great effect.
Rather than take a box, put a hole into it and project the surroundings onto a screen he’s used an entire room as his obscura, boring holes in the walls to let the required light in to create the work. By drilling multiple holes he creates a layered image – each one manipulating the light into geometric shapes with clean, sharp lines.
As he says himself:
My light installations use the ‘camera obscura’ as a point of departure. They are immersive optical environments, idealized spaces with discreet openings. In translating the outside world into moving fields of light and color, the projections make an argument for unfixed notion of sight.
It is both utterly remarkable and terribly ordinary. But there is no need to stop with one opening. Bore a second hole into the wall and two images, offset but roughly similar, will appear. Continue to drill. Remove the wall piecemeal, minding each change. Picture will stack atop picture, dissolving eventually into the mere impression of light.
Pretty amazing aren’t they?
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