A giant piece of ancient technology has popped up in Italy’s mountainous South Tyrol. Photographer Mariano Dallago designed and built Camera Obscura, a large-scale optical device, as part of the San Martin Art Culture and History outdoor exhibition in the Dolomite Mountains. Installed outside the 13th century Ciastel de Tor castle, the wood-clad structure frames the picture-perfect Dolomites.
The camera obscura is an old-school optical device predating photography. Comprised of a box with a magnifying lens or hole on one end and an angled reflective surface inside, camera obscuras can project upside-down images of the view it faces onto flat translucent surfaces. In Dallago’s large-scale Camera Obscura, visitors enter through the black cloth door at the back of the camera to see projections of the Dolomites on the wall.
“I liked the idea of this work placed in the postcard landscape of the Dolomites,” Dallago told Dezeen. “The concept behind the project relates to the language of photography. I want the camera to be an invitation to think about the work behind each photographic project.” The Camera Obscura was assembled onsite out of four sections of oriented strand board and created with a saw-tooth roof inspired by the concertinaed sides of a bellow camera and the mountainous landscape. The temporary pavilion will stay in place until September 12, 2015.
Images via Mariano Dallago