Sunday, October 31, 2010

i am a camera


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i am a camera

VampJenLuc It's Halloween! Jen-Luc Piquant has donned her usual vampire costume for the occasion, although she was tempted to dress up as Lady Gaga this year, just to mix things up a bit. But a Gaga outfit would have clashed with her stylin' beret, and let's face it: Jen-Luc was never meant to be a bleached blonde. Just in time for the spooky festivities, we stumbled across an amazing twist on the pinhole camera, via The Daily What (one of our must-read feeds). Artsy photographer Wayne Martin Belger constructs his own pinhole cameras, which are works of art all by themselves -- and in this case, he built a pinhole camera out of, well, a 150-year-old human skull of a 13-year-old girl.


It's called "The Third Eye," and his website claims he has used it "to study the beauty of decay." The camera is about 4 inches by inches, and has elements made of aluminum, titantium, brass and silver, with the occasional gem stone thrown in -- because accessorizing is so important. The light enters through the "third eye" (basically an aperture in the middle of the skull's forehead), and projects an inverted image of whatever scene is within the reference frame of the camera's field of view. (There is no lens.) I couldn't find any specific information on the exposure times Baker used, but with any pinhole camera, it can range from five seconds to several hours, and, in some cases, days.


Probably the earliet version of a pinhole camera was known as the camera obscura (Latin for "dark room"), the precursor to the pinhole camera. In its simplest form, the camera obscura is little more than a small hole in a shade or a wall, through which light passes from a sunlit garden, for example, into a darkened room, projecting an inverted image of the scene onto a wall opposite the hole. An artist could tack a piece of sketch paper to the wall and trace the key outlines of the subject, then complete the painting. Thirdeye


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