Project Description

For 30 years, Jim Southerland has combined the centuries-old camera obscura (an optical device/photography predecessor used by painters like DaVinci and Vermeer to improve perspective) with printmaking technology to produce landscapes and portraits. The artist's personally-engineered apparatus grew from a desire to take fine arts to the children of depressed areas in the Appalachians.

An appreciation of Southerland's device, process, and philosophy, a half-hour film will be informed by the style of Dziga Vertov and the Continental Realists. Parts of the film may be rotoscoped to simulate the visual appearance of camera obscura images.