At the Photomonth Photofair this month we came across the Camper Obscura, which is a fantastic transformation of a camper van converted into a moving camera obscura, with the lens of the obscura pointing upwards, which allows the viewer inside to get a 360 degree view of the surrounding area (as you can see from the images below). It is consistently moving from place to place, informing people of this pre photographic technique, so if it ever comes to your area, go inside and take a look, it is a great experience.
In the Summer of 2010 Fotonow were commissioned by Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership (DRC Partnership) to develop their ‘Camper Obscura’ proposal as a residency in Devonport. Fotonow is a South West UK based Community Interest Company (a non-profit organisation similar to a Charity). It creates new opportunities in photography and facilitate socially motivated projects in lens-based culture throughout the South West of England. This Camper Obscura project is focused on engaging as many different people from the local and wider community to explore early photography. To be able to outreach people effectively they converted a 1986 VW Type II Transporter camper van and installed a camera obscura in the rear cabin of the vehicle.
‘Camper Obscura’ is a great and free experience to all members of the public that explores the origins of image making, allowing you to view the outside world in a whole new way. The Camper Obscura will be travelling around, so make sure you check their website to find out where they will be next, by clicking HERE.