This is What Happens When You Close the Drapes on Your At-Home Camera Obscura

Photographer Daniel Tellman is an experimenter, and his ideas often lead to beautiful results. After turning his daughter’s room into a giant camera obscura, he decided to have some fun by closing the drapes and turning them into a makeshift projector screen.

He then set up a camera in front of the drapes to capture images of the world outside passing by over the course of a day. The time-lapse video above is a gorgeous compilation of those images.




You can also do beautiful things with the drapes open. Here’s a portrait Tellman created of his daughter sitting inside her camera obscura room:


You can find more of his work and experiments over on his Facebook page, Pinhole Mustache.

Image credits: Photographs by Daniel Tellman and used with permission

  • Julien

    They should sell two layers drapes like that!!

  • OtterMatt

    I… really don’t understand what’s going on or why.

  • RMJ

    If evolution of camera is unknown to you then obviously camera obscura is an unknown concept to you. But to put it simple, it’s a simple camera.

  • OtterMatt

    I think it has more to do with the “why” to me. Not sure why the drapes were considered a good projection medium, or why a kid’s bedroom is the ideal test bed. I dunno, I suppose you could just say “it’s his hobby” and all I could do is shrug and move on, but I just don’t get it.

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  • ajfudge

    The daughter looks pretty bored. :)