Class building camera precursor

By CODIE WYERS/Montana State News

Portability is the most challenging aspect for students building the Camera Obscura this spring.

The invention of Camera Obscura started the development of photography and the modern day camera. It’s no surprise that a class at Montana State University is being dedicated to it.

Camera Obscura is not actually a camera; it’s an 8-foot wide enclosure in which a person stands. A reflection of the outside is projected on to the ceiling displaying an image for viewers to appreciate.

Senior photography majors will be creating their own Camera Obscura as part of the President’s Fine Arts Series. The class of 17 students will work throughout the spring semester, presenting the finished product to the MSU student body and the public.

The best part of the class is “the integration of students. There is a good mix of architecture, photography, art, film and civil engineering students all working together in unison on this design/build project,” according to Patrick Bakken, who is currently enrolled in the 490 Camera Obscura Class.

Bakken goes on to say the challenging part is “coming up with a design that is aesthetically pleasing and feasible to build within the time frame given.”

Jonathan Long, a photography professor, and Bill Clinton, a MSU architecture professor, emphasize a great deal of teamwork in their class.

The Art of Light event on March 20 will display the students’ Camera Obscura. Abelardo Morell, a Cuban born photographer, will be speaking that night as well. Morell’s work has been featured in National Geographic, exploring light patterns through a camera obscura.

Free of charge, the Art of Light will be held in Gaines Hall, room 101 between 5:30-7:00 p.m.

-Edited by Alyssa Burzynski

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