This was a camera obscura workshop over the weekend of the 2014 Fall Equinox, at Deadman Creek, on the farm of Paula and Mendel Rubinson. A TRU Visual Arts Research Assistant, Devon Lindsay, and Donald Lawrence turned Mendel's root cellar into a permanent, cave-like camera obscura and Devon created "Arbour Obscura" with the help of the workshop participants. Approximately 55 people participated in the workshop or otherwise visited the cameras obscura over the weekend.


In June 2014 the Camera Obscura Project group met in Dawson City to share ideas and plan towards the 2015 Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival. While in Dawson City the artists/researchers, including two TRU research assistants, undertook the following activities: 1) meeting lead partner institutions (the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, the ODD Gallery, and the Yukon Arts Centre) and other partners, including the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, the Dawson City Museum, Parks Canada, the Yukon School of Visual Arts and the Robert Service Secondary School; 2) the artists/researchers shared brief presentations with the research group and three members of the group (Bob Jickling, Petran Kockelkoren and Donald Lawrence) provided public lectures for the Dawson City community; 3) Research Assistants Dion Fortie and Ryland Fortie provided public demonstrations of a portable, tent-type camera obscura at two events: Aboriginal Days (Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre); and on The Dome, Dawson City’s hill-top overlook and the site of the town’s annual late-night solstice celebration; 4) To gain a sense of the area and its history—and with an eye towards potential project sites—the group visited West Dawson’s Sternwheeler Graveyard; the Tombstone Mountains, the Beaver Creek mine camp, Gold Dredge #4 and Bonanza Creek. To end the week’s adventures the Kamloops-based road trip crew hosted a riverside breakfast for the group.

The Camera Obscura Project brings together an international group of artists and other researchers interested in cameras obscura, related optical phenomenon and the meeting places of: art and science, cultural and wilderness settings, learning and play. With funding from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada the Project is based at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C.