Camera Obscura: Võru Bus Line No. 1 (2015)


The camera obscura was essentially the forerunner of the modern photographic camera, and was originally used as an aid to painting or mounted at the top of church vaults for charting the stars. The difference between a camera obscura and a modern camera is that the former lacks a light sensitive surface. The light entering the compartment through the lens creates an image but does not record it. A photographic image appears in front of the viewer but no physical document is left behind.

Ats Parve’s artistic practice focuses on exploring photography as a medium that connects the inner and outer worlds of the subject. While Andreas Nilsson’s exhibition concept explores the limits of sculpture as an expanded term, Parve’s work extends the limits of a method historically associated with traditional painting. Camera obscura: Võru Bus Line No. 1 offers us a unique chance to see the streets of Võru like never before. The back of a city bus becomes a projection hall, where we see an endless but never repeating loop of the picturesque streets of Võru in the summer.

Siim Preiman