Zoe Leonard: Observation Point

Somewhere between illusion and perception lies the camera obscura, a beguiling phenomenon which can be traced to around 450BC, predating the camera by some way, and probably passing for witchcraft for most of that time.

Zoe Leonard: Observation Point
Zoe Leonard: Observation Point

Artist Zoe Leonard is bringing her camera obscura to Camden, where a lot of things are mistaken for witchcraft.    

Zoe Leonard: Observation Point
Zoe Leonard: Observation Point

Daylight will filter through a lens, projecting an image of the outside world onto the floor, walls and ceiling of an immersive space which visitors are invited to walk within.

Zoe Leonard: Observation Point
Zoe Leonard: Observation Point

The result, in Gallery Three, will be a continuous cinematic projection which organisers say will ‘harness the phenomenon of the camera obscura to think about ways of looking, recording and experiencing time and space as well as broadening current conversations about what photography is or can be.’

Zoe Leonard: Observation Point
Zoe Leonard: Observation Point

In the event, the contraption will most likely allow visitors to witness the effects of movement and changes in light levels from the outside world.

Zoe Leonard: Observation Point
Zoe Leonard: Observation Point

Meanwhile in Gallery One, a series of photographs of the sun and in Gallery Two a sculptural installation of found images will together with the camera obscura celebrate photography as experience, image and object.

Zoe Leonard: Observation Point
Zoe Leonard: Observation Point

Leonard’s sun photographs consider the sun as the giver of light and colour and therefore celebrate it as a subject and process, capturing glare, lens flare, the grains of film on enlarged prints, and darkroom processes.

Zoe Leonard: Observation Point runs from 31 March – 24 June at The Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG

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