In 2003, I constructed my first camera obscura whilst working with students at the Channel School in Folkestone, Kent. We transformed a random corridor area into a moment of magic with a load of black sugar paper and electrical tape following the instructions I’d read in a book.
This marked the beginning of my adventures with pinhole photography and the next camera obscura I constructed was ETC, built to work, live and roam in…and is still to be fully realised!
Two large, adjoining cupboards in a squat, The303, in Camberwell were easily adapted during 2010 and the door chamber obscura has travelled time in various locations between 2011-2013…that journey was due to continue in 2014 but the components had vanished when I went to collect them.
Old, wooden palattes at the Bimble Bandada have twice formed camera obscuras and with the brilliant help of a friend, Jasmine, produced photos this year too…
Old cupboards, Bear’s caravan and more recently old pub signs, upcycled as Rebel Outpost signs at the Bimble Bandada in 2015 and eventually built into a box on wheels at the Hive, Kingsland Road.
Even though I feel I’ve accomplished what it is I set out to achieve, namely the inversion of parliament, I feel there’s still more work to be done.
My fascination with light and photography won’t simply vanish.