Camera obscura Jerez Spain

While I was in Spain I was lucky enough to visit, Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera, I was so excited when I found out they had a camera obscura, first I’ve never seen one and having studied it in art in the survey of western art I was quite surprised how large this one was, it had a lens at the top and so it magnified the city scape onto this beautiful white disk below and we stood in the dark on top of the castle and it was really quite an extraordinary exciting events for me

Below you can see how the Tour guide is playing with the card, allows the image of the person to walk up onto the card and put him down again it was delightfully fun

Camera Obscura

I wonder if it would be like an artist today using a photo projector and projecting an image on the wall and then drawing it.

Do you think that would that be the equivalent what are your thoughts onit? Fascinating idea, it is a kind of a cheating but also very clever…

Sometimes when I use my iPad I feel like I’m cheating; however, I’ve had years of drawing and years of experience as a painter, drawing on the iPad is like drawing on paper so is there a difference. Maybe the difference just in a finished piece that you print out later. You have a photo or poster, rather than brush strokes on a canvas?

Another question; Would having a photograph or a poster created from an iPad make a difference to you as a finished piece?

More about how the old masters used this technique

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Suzanne M. Clements

Suzanne M. Clements is a working studio artist and muse currently based in Bridport, Dorset, UK. Born in River Vale, New Jersey, USA, Suzanne majored in Studio Art at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, USA. She has lived and worked in New York and Arizona as well as Oxford, Devon and Dorset. Her work is inspired by nature and the human condition. As a studio artist Suzanne uses watercolours, photography, acrylics and ink to give voice to the natural world around her

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