Camera Obscura at King Street Center

Posted by Mary Rizos

Last week, Vermont Folklife Center Education Outreach and Media Instructors Myles Jewell and Mary Rizos spent Wednesday afternoon with students at King Street Center in Burlington, and with some plastic bags, tape, and a ladder, covered the windows of a room of the center in order to turn it into a camera obscura, a chamber ("camara,") closed off to light that can act as a camera when a small hole is created to let light in, projecting an image of the outside world into the dark room.

Throughout the planning, set-up, and execution, the students documented the process by using multiple cameras to record what was happening, narrating the events, and interviewing each other about their experience. Below, check out a short video created from their footage: