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56 Trolley/Camera Obscura in Abandoned Landscape

Colin Smith2010

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Light passes through a small hole in a darkened room and the space is transformed. An inverted image of the exterior world is cast over the interior walls and the effect is photographed by the artist using a single exposure that can take hours. The process appears complex but the physics behind it is quite simple. Smith creates his work using a camera obscura, an optical device that dates back to antiquity and has been used as a tool by artists including Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). Like the camera obscura, the scenes that Smith captures have a rich connection to the past. Sebee, Vulcan Aerodome and 56 Trolley are all records of abandoned Albertan landscapes.

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  • Title: 56 Trolley/Camera Obscura in Abandoned Landscape
  • Creator: Colin Smith
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Physical Dimensions: 76 x 96.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Rights: Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Medium: photography

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