Elizabeth Ellsworth places digital cameras inside small, hand-built camera obscuras. Then she moves-with the sun’s light as it meets and animates landscapes and built environments.   Inside the camera obscura, sunlight plays through translucent papers that Ellsworth manipulates to choreograph light’s dynamic flows and reflections.  She opens the camera’s shutter as a gesture of applause. Her altered photographic apparatus is an assemblage of digital camera + analogue device used during the Renaissance to study light and model human vision.  She uses it as a means to access and sense the material force of light’s passage through the world and into our bodies and memories. Ellsworth’s photographs are image-sensations in which light appears as a force that is in turn uncanny, dreamlike, or impish.


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