Originally Posted by digitalclips
BTW, have you seen the new film regarding the likely use of the camera obscurer in his work? I know it has long been a theory but this new documentary, which in no way tries to diminish the art, seems to confirm it pretty much. It explains the super human ability with perspective not common in the day, I suspect a chap called Leo in Italy a few centuries earlier also figured this out.
The film, called "Tim's Vermeer," was really great. My wife had just read a positive review and thought we should check it out. I didn't know whether it was a drama or what, and I was prepared to be somewhat bored. I was very pleasantly surprised.
I think there are still some out there that think Vermeer "cheated" by using an optical rig, but the take away (mine anyway) was that what Vermeer did was more like photography before photography was even invented. Like any artist, he still had to carefully compose his scenes and pay attention to lighting. Of course, the other name in the title, Tim Jenison of Video Toaster/LightWave/TriCaster fame, is a pretty amazing talent too. What a lot of work he put into this!
It's directed by Teller of Penn & Teller, with Penn narrating. I'd say it's somewhat appropriate to have illusionists take an interest in this and make this film.
For anyone that is interested in the intersection of art and science, I highly recommend it.