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Cloud Land turns Brisbane on its head with old

Cloud Land turns Brisbane on its head with old photography trick used to capture city in new exhibit

An Australian photographer has breathed new life into an old photographic technique to capture well-known landmarks in Australian capital cities.

Robyn Stacey used camera obscura to capture familiar buildings and landscapes for a new exhibition, Cloud Land.

This unique form of photography — invented more than 1,000 years ago — turns entire rooms into the surface of a photograph, casting the view from the outside in.

"You turn the room into a camera," Ms Stacey told612 ABC Brisbane's Spencer Howson.

"You black out the room and only have a small opening of light and then whatever is outside comes into the room.

"The view then comes inside the room and falls on the walls and the furniture in the room; the smaller the hole the sharper the image."

PHOTO: This photo was taken from the meeting room at Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers looking out over the Brisbane CBD.(Museum of Brisbane: Robyn Stacey)

'It looks quiet surreal'

Ms Stacey said the style of photography celebrated the former glory of photography, before photos could be printed.

"When this style was invented you could make an image, but it was not until the late 19th century where you could fix an image to transport it," she said.

PHOTO: Photographer Robyn Stacey grew up in Brisbane and wanted to capture how the world looked from the outside in.(Museum of Brisbane)

"People have known for a long time how to get an image into a room but it has taken centuries to work out how to put it onto paper to send to other people.

"It is interesting as now that everything has gone 99.9 per cent digital, people are getting interested in the analogue processes, so people are making late 19th century forms of photography."

Ms Stacey said exposure times and light played the biggest role in drawing the outside world into each room.

"Because light travels in a straight line, whatever is down on the ground you will see on the ceiling as it is a straight line," Ms Stacey said.

"The exposure time for the photos runs from one minute and four minutes, depending on the brightness outside.

"It looks quite surreal and everything looks flattened against the wall.

"You get an interesting perspective."

PHOTO: Photo taken from Room 1706 Quay West, Brisbane showing South Bank and the Wheel of Brisbane.(Museum of Brisbane: Robyn Stacey)

Growing up in Brisbane

The popular Australian photographer grew up in Brisbane and her parents met at the well-known night spot Cloud Land, which is also the name of her exhibition.

"I also called the exhibition Cloud Land due to the cloudscapes that appear in south-east Queensland and the mix of old and new buildings," she said.

Ms Stacey first photographed Australian cities using the old technique in 2013, starting in Melbourne, then Sydney before arriving in Brisbane.

She hopes to capture Adelaide's landmarks and buildings next.

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