What do Leonardo Da Vinci, Roger Bacon, and Matthew Broderick all have in common? They all used the Camera Obscura to help them in their careers, that’s what. In 13th-century England, Roger Bacon described the use of a camera obscura for the safe observation of solar eclipses. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519 AD) described camera obscura in Codex Atlanticus as an aid for artistic drawing. And Matthew Broderick put one to even more dramatic use – he used a room-sized one to spy on his girlfriend across the street in the movie Addicted To Love (1997). How cool is that, minions of camera geekiness?
Of course, they took some liberties in the film – the image displayed on the wall of Broderick’s apartment was not upside down, as it would have been in real life. Continue reading