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  • states that a camera obscura is "a darkened enclosure having an aperture usually provided with a lens through which light from external objects enters to form an image of the objects on the opposite surface."

    There's something to be said for technology and the digital world in which we live today. But there is a certain je-ne-sais-quois about kicking it "old school." In this case, really old school - as in at least a few centuries old, that we know of. It brings to mind the simplicity of photography as a mechanism, while similarly touching on the complexity of nature - how the photons that end up coming through the room, bouncing off the wall and into our eyes (or, in the case of the captured image, the lens of my DSLR), end up reversed vertically and horizontally. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, in terms of the physics involved.

    Even more amazing, if you really think about it, is how we (humans) have learned to harness this aspect of nature and can make it semi-permanent. Be it on metal plates, gelatin silver film, or digital sensors. Where this technology is now available to almost anyone in a device that fits in the palm of your hand, versus taking up an entire room. You can still use chemistry to affect this semi-permanence, or the information can be captured with electrons in the form of ones and zeroes. Professionals and amateurs alike are capturing the visual world in which we live.

    All this.. originally started as a hole in the wall.
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