I conceived of the Powderhouse Camera Project as a way to merge my interest in building cameras with a curiosity about local history and a desire to build community through involving friends and neighbors in fun art projects. The Somerville Arts Council got on board with the idea and provided a grant to help carry out the project.

I turned the powderhouse building in Nathan Tufts Park in Somerville MA into a camera obscura. Then I used the powderhouse camera to photograph members of the Somerville community (and friends) in the park. (Read more about how this was accomplished, technically, here.)

You can view the photos here. I'm hoping also to exhibit a selection of photographs from the day later in the year at a gallery (TBD) in Somerville. The exhibit will also include historical info about the powderhouse and its surrounding area and an explanation about how the photographs were made with the camera obscuras. Watch this space for more details about the exhibit as they develop.

This program is supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.