Mariano Dallago’s Camera Obscura Creates A Projected “postcard” Of The Dolomites

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Photographer Mariano Dallago has put in a giant camera obscura on leading of a hill as component of an exhibition in the mountainous Italian province of South Tyrol (+ film).

Camera Obscura by Mariano Dallago

Dallago’s Camera Obscura is an optical device that consists of a box with a hole in 1 side. Light getting into the hole is projected onto an internal surface as an upside-down image of the scene it faces.

The structure was created as part of the San Martin Art Culture and History outside exhibition in the Dolomites – a mountain range in the north-east of Italy that types part of the Alps.

Camera Obscura by Mariano Dallago

“I liked the thought of this function positioned in the postcard landscape of the Dolomites,” Dallago told Dezeen.

“The notion behind the undertaking relates to the language of photography,” he added. “I want the camera to be an invitation to believe about the perform behind each and every photographic undertaking.”

Camera Obscura by Mariano Dallago

Site visitors enter by way of the back of the camera, and when inside they see an image of the surrounding landscape projected onto the wall.

“The rays of light pass through a hole, or a lens,” explained Dallago. “Everything that enters from the proper is projected to the left and what enters from above is projected under.”


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Created to mimic the concertinaed sides of a bellow camera – an early photography device that developed from the camera obscura – the framework consists of four sections crafted from oriented stand board, a material also utilised to generate an adaptable apartment in Madrid.

Camera Obscura by Mariano Dallago

A black cloth connected to the back of the camera ensures the inside stays dark enough for the projection to be visible.

“A magnifying glass has been mounted on the front, and a sheet of translucent paper is placed on the focal length of the lens to show the picture,” Dallago said.

Camera Obscura by Mariano Dallago

Although the photos aren’t completely transferred onto the paper, the photographer explained that this was an intentional determination.

“I liked the notion of developing a camera that does not do the images, but that leaves just a hypothetical shot to appear at,” explained Dallago.

Camera Obscura by Mariano Dallago

Dallago put in the pavilion outside the Ciastel de Tor – a 13th century castle that hosts a branch of a regional cultural museum – where it will continue to be in location till 12 September 2015.

This year marks the second edition of San Martin Artwork Culture and Background, following the initial took location in 2013.

Camera Obscura by Mariano Dallago

Ten installations exploring the theme of “borders” have been positioned in numerous places of historical and cultural relevance close to the location.

Other buildings that perform as camera obscuras consist of a reed-covered tower in Norfolk, and a house with a moving roof in Paraguay.

Photography is by Gustav Willeit


Camera Obscura by Mariano Dallago Side elevation Dezeen

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