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Powderhouse Park in Somerville – Camera Obscura

Note:  The camera obscura has been postponed due to the bad weather this weekend. Since tomorrow (Sunday the 30th) looks iffy too the camera obscura will be rescheduled for another weekend.  Details to follow when available.

This Saturday the Powderhouse at Nathan Tufts Park in Somerville will be turned into a camera obscura by artist Annie Smidt

Huh?  What the heck is a camera obscura?

Tour in Powderhouse Park Somerville Mass

Tour in Powderhouse Park Somerville Mass

Latin for “dark room”, the term is used to describe the phenomenon in which light coming through a very small hole into a dark box or room casts an upside down image on the opposite wall.

Knowledge of this phenomenon dates to the 5th Century BC.  Mentioned by Aristotle and by da Vinci, the camera obscura, a term first used by Kepler in the early 1600s, eventually led to the development of photography.

The event this Saturday is reminiscent of the cameras obscura that could be find in parks and resorts in the late 1800s and early 1900s to amuse and fascinate tourists.

On Saturday, Smidt will turn the Powderhouse into a giant camera and take photographs of visitors to the park. Visitors will also be allowed inside the powderhouse to see how the process works.

When: Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 1 to 4 pm

Where: Nathan Tufts Park at the Powderhouse Rotary in Somerville MA

Raindate: Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 1 to 4 pm

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