‘Looking at you looking at me‘ is the resulting image of a Pinhole Camera (Camera Obscura) that was temporarily built inside the ASC Window Space. The piece seeks to evoke wonder, questions and curiosity at the act of looking. Over the course of two days in the beginning of March I converted the ASC Window Space into a camera Obscura. The big window was blacked out, with only a tiny hole to let enough light in to project the outside world onto rows of 10x8 inch photographic paper. Once the correct exposure time had been established the work could begin, I did not simply want to take a photograph of what was outside the window, but wanted to add another layer to the image, by blocking off the light once by sitting in front of the wall lined with photo paper and once by putting a flower in front of it. Sitting still for the best part of half an hour in the cold dark while the paper exposed behind me, I imprinted my silhouette onto the photograph. Once the paper was exposed it was then developed inside the camera, which doubled up as a darkroom.
If you are interested in building your own Camera Obscura and experimenting with the medium book a place at Sarah's upcoming Pinhole Photography Short Course in May at Central St Martins College!
The darkroom, inside the camera obscura, a self-contained installation.
Success after some tests.
Drying of the exposed and developed prints.
Assembling the mural.
The finished piece on show at ASC Window Space.