An artist and philosopher created special cameras to document the next 1,000 years of environmental change.
Experimental philosopher and artist Jonathon Keats designed four of these unique pinhole cameras that will produce four images, each with a 1,000-year long exposure. They will be installed around Lake Tahoe, CA to capture how climate changes alter the scenes. Although we will all be long gone by the time the images are complete, Keats signed a contract with Sierra Nevada College to exhibit the four time-lapse images in the year 3018.
The copper pinhole cameras are surprisingly only a few inches long. They work by very slowly imprinting a positive image on to a rose madder pigment. Light comes into the camera through a pinhole on a plate of 24-karat gold. In order to ensure the cameras and images would last, Keats studied the use of copper for longevity in Renaissance paintings.
The unique millennium cameras took years to design and create, but the Tahoe Timescape project is finally ready to unveil and soon install them with the help of Tahoe Public Art. They are currently on display at Nevada College's Tahoe Gallery before being installed on all four sides of Lake Tahoe for the next 1,000 years.
Images used with permission of Jonathon Keats.