Turn your room into a camera obscura (the right way up!) with this DIY device

Bedroom with image of outside building projected onto wall
(Image credit: Bonfoton)

The digital age we live in offers many marvels but, paradoxically, it’s often old and largely forgotten techniques that can really evoke a sense of childhood wonder. If you’ve ever experienced a camera obscura, you’ll know exactly what we mean.

A camera obscura is a darkened room with a small hole or lens at one side, through which an inverted image of what’s outside (on a bright day) is projected onto a wall or table opposite. It’s a fascinating, and often breathtaking way of experiencing a landscape or cityscape that can’t quite be put into words; you just have to experience it for yourself.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.