Camera Obscura Reopens in Mitchell Park

GREENPORT: The camera obscura has reopened in Greenport’s Mitchell Park.

A camera obscura is a dark room that allows light to enter through a small opening, and, through the use of mirrors, a live image is projected onto a screen. As detailed on the Village of Greenport’s website: “The vibrant image promotes a feeling of serene detachment, reveals details otherwise overlooked, and enhances one’s appreciation of the scenic beauty. Many viewers find the experience deeply moving, and almost all are fascinated by this magical new way of seeing.”

Once popular with artists, today there are about 50 camera obscuras in the world, five of which are in the United States. The Greenport camera obscura was closed for about two years for repairs. For people looking to make the visit, viewing is best when the sun is strongest.

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