CAMERA OBSCURA PORTRAITS   I created this device for my Introduction to Photography class. The portraits are made with a simple camera obscura, the precursor to the modern camera. A magnifying glass, (my father’s Zeiss), is used to project an image, (inverted), on a piece of tracing paper secured to clear plastic. The canera is set up in the darkroom, with the subject lit behind the curtain. A student poses, and a clear image is formed, focused and and the light is turned off. Black and white photo paper, used as film, is taped to the tracing paper and the light is turned back on momentarily, exposing the image. The paper is then developed conventionally, creating a negative sheet. This negative print can then be contact printed with unexposed paper, creating a positive. Alternatively, the negative can be scanned and inverted into a positive with Photoshop. Once the operation is understood, the portraits are made collaboratively with my students.

CAMERA OBSCURA PORTRAITS

I created this device for my Introduction to Photography class. The portraits are made with a simple camera obscura, the precursor to the modern camera. A magnifying glass, (my father’s Zeiss), is used to project an image, (inverted), on a piece of tracing paper secured to clear plastic. The canera is set up in the darkroom, with the subject lit behind the curtain. A student poses, and a clear image is formed, focused and and the light is turned off. Black and white photo paper, used as film, is taped to the tracing paper and the light is turned back on momentarily, exposing the image. The paper is then developed conventionally, creating a negative sheet. This negative print can then be contact printed with unexposed paper, creating a positive. Alternatively, the negative can be scanned and inverted into a positive with Photoshop. Once the operation is understood, the portraits are made collaboratively with my students.

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 These are from my daughter's elementary school, 2004. This was the photo teacher.

These are from my daughter's elementary school, 2004. This was the photo teacher.

 Holding a final print. I note that I had a wedding ring on then. I no longer do.

Holding a final print. I note that I had a wedding ring on then. I no longer do.

 That is my daughter Lily on the right. Now, 3/17, she is a sophomore, (sophomore), in college.

That is my daughter Lily on the right. Now, 3/17, she is a sophomore, (sophomore), in college.

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  CAMERA OBSCURA PORTRAITS   I created this device for my Introduction to Photography class. The portraits are made with a simple camera obscura, the precursor to the modern camera. A magnifying glass, (my father’s Zeiss), is used to project an image, (inverted), on a piece of tracing paper secured to clear plastic. The canera is set up in the darkroom, with the subject lit behind the curtain. A student poses, and a clear image is formed, focused and and the light is turned off. Black and white photo paper, used as film, is taped to the tracing paper and the light is turned back on momentarily, exposing the image. The paper is then developed conventionally, creating a negative sheet. This negative print can then be contact printed with unexposed paper, creating a positive. Alternatively, the negative can be scanned and inverted into a positive with Photoshop. Once the operation is understood, the portraits are made collaboratively with my students.
packer071 copy.jpg
packer080 copy.jpg
 These are from my daughter's elementary school, 2004. This was the photo teacher.
 Holding a final print. I note that I had a wedding ring on then. I no longer do.
 That is my daughter Lily on the right. Now, 3/17, she is a sophomore, (sophomore), in college.
packer0114.jpg
Packer-6.jpg
Packer-17.jpg
packer 47.jpg
packer072.jpg
packer 17 copy.jpg
packer 23.jpg
packer 14.jpg
packer 29.jpg
packer 50.jpg
packer 12.jpg
packer 25.jpg
packer 11.jpg
Packer-25.jpg
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packer 46.jpg
Packer-21.jpg
Packer-50.jpg
Packer-18.jpg
Packer-78.jpg
packer0122.jpg
packer 44.jpg
packer 38.jpg
packer 11.jpg

CAMERA OBSCURA PORTRAITS

I created this device for my Introduction to Photography class. The portraits are made with a simple camera obscura, the precursor to the modern camera. A magnifying glass, (my father’s Zeiss), is used to project an image, (inverted), on a piece of tracing paper secured to clear plastic. The canera is set up in the darkroom, with the subject lit behind the curtain. A student poses, and a clear image is formed, focused and and the light is turned off. Black and white photo paper, used as film, is taped to the tracing paper and the light is turned back on momentarily, exposing the image. The paper is then developed conventionally, creating a negative sheet. This negative print can then be contact printed with unexposed paper, creating a positive. Alternatively, the negative can be scanned and inverted into a positive with Photoshop. Once the operation is understood, the portraits are made collaboratively with my students.

These are from my daughter's elementary school, 2004. This was the photo teacher.

Holding a final print. I note that I had a wedding ring on then. I no longer do.

That is my daughter Lily on the right. Now, 3/17, she is a sophomore, (sophomore), in college.

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