David Hockenys explores the idea of camera obscuras being used 400 years ago to create masterpieces we appreciate today. I love the idea that cameras,even in a rudimentary form, were allowing artists to capture the world around them in exquisite detail. I’m so fascinated that they too were capturing the light.
The video is 43 minutes long and wanders into weeds for a bit, but it is well worth your time if you have an interest in photography and art.
H/T: Neocon for sharing this video.
After watching this video, I was reminded of a book I read over a year ago. GhostWalk written by Rebecca Stott which looks forward and backward in time tracing the pattern of alchemy, good glass, and murder. Issac Newton searched for truth in light with his glass prisms, centuries later photographers continue that search with our prisms constructed of lenses, electronics and metal.
This is a great book to read over a cold and snowy weekend.