The Magic Mirror of Life

The Magic Mirror of Life

You’re probably thinking; “A Magic Mirror of Life? What?” Well it’s not a mirror at all but is a really neat site about the appreciation of the Camera Obscura.

What is a Camera Obscura:

“Go into a very dark room on a bright day. Make a small hole in a window cover and look at the opposite wall. What do you see? Magic! There in full color and movement will be the world outside the window—upside down! This magic is explained by a simple law of the physical world. Light travels in a straight line and when some of the rays reflected from a bright subject pass through a small hole in thin material they do not scatter but cross and reform as an upside down image on a flat surface held parallel to the hole.”

The neat thing about this site is that they’ll tell you how to build one for next to nothing, show you where they have visited camera obscurae in America and Great Britain. These all have pictures of the buildings and the area, along with full details of the trip. I loved their trip to the Isle of Man. There are lovely pictures of the building and the seascape behind it is gorgeous.

There is a lot to learn on this site. Don’t let it overwhelm you, just surf around at your pace. Enjoy!

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