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The One
1st July 2015, 10:28
In 1851, when Scotsman Sir David Brewster invented a photographic device called the Lenticular Stereoscope, the way people saw the world changed forever. After presenting it to Queen Victoria at the Great Exhibition in London, Victorians went crazy for the new machine. Photographers were sent far and wide to record famous sights and events in stereo. “See the world from your parlour!” was just one of the many advertising slogans used to promote the fabulous new medium to knowledge thirsty Victorians. These incredible 3D images are just a fraction of the tens of thousands produced

A stereoscope is a device for viewing a stereoscopic pair of separate images, depicting left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene, as a single three-dimensional image.

A typical stereoscope provides each eye with a lens that makes the image seen through it appear larger and more distant and usually also shifts its apparent horizontal position, so that for a person with normal binocular depth perception the edges of the two images seemingly fuse into one "stereo window". In current practice, the images are prepared so that the scene appears to be beyond this virtual window, through which objects are sometimes allowed to protrude, but this was not always the custom. A divider or other view-limiting feature is usually provided to prevent each eye from being distracted by also seeing the image intended for the other eye. Wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereoscope)





















Source (http://mag.splashnology.com/article/3d-animated-photos-of-old-japan/321/)

1st July 2015, 17:27
These are some wild pictures. It's almost like stepping into an alien world. Thanks for posting these, Malc. I'm going to save them to my computer.

2nd July 2015, 00:43
I love that period in Japan, which influenced art in the west... Following is from one of many websites that talk about "The Floating World" of Japan's art or ukiyo-e, which I think is somewhat captured in these neat old photographs!

Artists Influenced by Japonism

In the early 1860s, Ukiyo-e prints found its way into Paris. While it had become too common in Japan that they were used as packaging materials, it became a craze in Paris. French artist Felix Bracquemond first saw a Hokusai Manga wrapped around a porcelain piece.

The style of the Japanese woodblocks were so new to the artists in Western Europe and immediately became a source of inspiration. American painter James Whistler was among the first artists influenced by Japonism, creating several Japanese-style paintings, such as the “Princess from the Land of Porcelain” that can be seen at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Claude Monet adopted some of the elements of Japanese painting in his landscapes and portraits. It can be seen in his portrait, “Madame Monet in a Japanese Costume,” which he painted in 1875 and his landscape, “Apple Trees in Blossom” that was done in 1873. The asymmetrical composition and thin bushes of Japanese style of painting could be seen in Monet’s “The Church and the Seine at Vetheuil” that showed gentle coloring and a lighter touch.

Mary Cassat, an American Impressionist artist were inspired by Utamaro’s woodcuts and created 10 color etchings to pay homage to the Japanese artist in 1890. Paul Gaugin was also influenced by Japonism and used the woodcut style in his paintings, such as “The Vision after the Sermon: Jacob Wrestling with the Angel” that is now in the Gallery of Scotland.

Vincent Van Gogh created several paintings after seeing some Japanese woodblock prints, and was influenced by the designs of Hiroshige, which was seen in “Japonaiserie: Bridge in the Rain,” “Flowering Plum Tree,” “The Courtesan” and “Portrait of Pere Tanguy.”

Some of the eye-catching poster art of Toulouse-Lautrec employed the facial exaggerated facial expressions of Kabuki actors, as well as the colors and contours they used.

Japonism’s influence was widespread and extended to graphic arts, lithography, architecture and ceramic art. Camille Pisarro, Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas also created works based on the Japanese woodblock prints.