The installation Portable Camera Obscura is a walk-in, room-sized camera. The tent structure is a lightproof environment that projects an image of the outside view onto the back wall of the tent with a simple lens. First positioned in the exact location of popular photographic views in Waterton Lakes National Park, AB, in summer 2009, participants enter the tent to see the landscape projected onto the wall of the structure. The work is also about guiding participants on epic journeys: the camera is a portable structure, for hauling on expedition style journeys into the backcountry of parks and protected areas.

Project Context
I am interested in iconic landscapes and how they intersect with the history and present of photographic acts. Over time the continual enactment and re-enactment of photographs mean that certain representations form the mainstay of how we imagine iconic landscapes. I bring anthropology and art into a shared ethnographic space for a greater understanding of not only the material object itself, but of the experience of the photographic event, including the ground from where we make photographs. A significant interest in my art production is to understand how photographs are entangled in subjective, sensorial exchanges and to place emphasis upon the idea that there is no observation without participation. As such, I am interested in focusing on the photographic event and in ways of creating space for conversations about local photographic acts. This work takes the form of gallery installations, performance, site-specific interventions and online.