Chris DeMonterrey

Camera Obscura circa 1995:96 - Chris DeMonterey.jpg

In 1978, Chris De Monterrey and Dave Warren restored and operated the Giant Camera Obscura below the Cliff House at Ocean Beach. This spectral attraction, one of fewer than half a dozen surviving in the world, was originally envisioned by Leonardo DaVinci and became a popular type of attraction at scenic tourist spots during the Victorian era.

In 1993, Chris brought his increasingly large camera obscura, usually in pyramid constructions that people could craw inside, navigating a dark, turning passageway and then, in the central chamber, contemplating a projected 360-degree of Black Rock City outside.

Chris used his creativity to earn some extra money during the early burns by selling his “Burning Man Blast Shields” — Plexiglas used to shield one from heat and fire at Burning Man.

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Blog about Burning Man by Chris’s sister, Rusty Blazenhoff