The Santa Monica “camera” is a 113-year-old optic device built in 1899 by Robert F. Jones. “Camera Obsura” means darken chamber. It is a darken room in which the device allows a 360 degree view of the outside surroundings. Sort of like a pinhole camera, a hole in the roof allows light from outside pass through the hole striking a white board where the image is shown in color but upside down. The camera obscura was known to earlier scholars since the time of Aristole.
Photography by Paula Lauren Gibson/AfroPix
Senior Recreation Center
1450 Ocean Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90407
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 2 pm, Sat 11 am – 4 pm
Admission free, but requires a driver’s license for entry.