SEARSPORT – As cameras are become more and more high tech, the basic principles remain the same.
Over at the Penobscot Marine Museum, they are turning that piece of basic technology into a life size interactive exhibit.
This year, the Maine Curators Group launched the Maine photo project, and different cultural institutions throughout the state will have photography exhibits.
“I was looking for an idea that would really grab people’s attention when they drove by out campus and make them want to stop and explore further. So i had this idea of making a giant camera and exploring the origins of photography, which is essentially a box with a small hole in it that creates an image of the outside world.” Kevin Johnson, Photo Archivist, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport
The giant camera is a small building with no lights except for a small hole in the back. The small hole is opposite a blank white wall, and after a few minutes, you won’t believe your eyes.
“There’s a pinhole in the front of it, in the lens. And light coming from outside passes through the pinhole and it actually crosses in the pinhole in all directions and so the image is reversed and upside down in the back of the camera, in the back of this Camera Obscura.” Richard Mann, Builder of Camera Obscura, Searsport
This exhibit, along with other special photography exhibits, will open May 23rd until the middle of October.