Development Camera Batavia
The technique used in Camera Batavia was developed during a number of projects. Its origin started with the project 'Cycling through Landscape'. I tried to capture myself in the space of the landscape, so I started using cameras with wide angle lenses in a mast.
Looking for total experience, searching for a wider angle, unhappy with the best fish-eye lens, and with a little help of M.C. Escher using a mirror ball to look at his entire room, I ended up filming en taking pictures using a mirror ball. Now I was able to compress the space of the landscape to a circle with a classic arrangement of earth and sky.
The idea for the tower Camera Batavia was created during the former project Batavier. A part of the happening was the floating and flying (with the help of a kite) capsule Batavier, equipped with cameras and a mirror ball.
The Batavier was built in 2012 in the "poldermuseum" Nieuw Land Erfgoedcentrum in Lelystad and was used as a one persons visual instrument to measure and protect the human scale in a new plan to reclaim land from the Waddensea.
With the tower Camera Batavia it became possible to give a new impuls to a wide audience on the perception and experience of the surrounding landscape.
Plan Boerstra to make a polder of the Waddensea, presented on Terschelling in 2013