Stereoscopy is Good For You: Life in 3-D

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Stereoscopy is Good For You: Life in 3-D

Stereoscopy is Good For You: Life in 3-D

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But May says of vintage stereoscopy: "With this view, you are getting the correct geometry, so it should be a very immersive experience.

BRIAN MAY: “STEREOSCOPY – the Dawn of 3-D” – is the book I have dreamed of publishing since we resurrected the London Stereoscopic Company in 2006. In Brian May’s own words, and over 300 previously unseen 3-D photographs, this book is a series of glimpses of life with the rock band Queen, seen from the inside for the first time. We've all seen 'Avatar,' and I love the 3D movies -- but in fact, the Victorian version is a more perfect way of of getting stereoscopic information to your brain. I always take the equipment on tour with me and I edited a lot of the images for this book while on our last European tour. But the presentation also includes a dazzling array of historical images communicating the excitement of Stereoscopy in Victorian times, and a selection of Brian May’s own stereoscopic work depicting QUEEN from the inside, as well as his own history in stereoscopy.And, as the COVID restrictions eventually began to relax, the new stereographers ventured back out and reclaimed the world ! We have a yearning to hear things from a vinyl record, because there’s something in your head which just loves that smoothness of a real analogue signal. Some snapped the newly appreciated beauty of their immediate surrounding landscapes on permitted walks. The images were of two photographs of the same subject, taken from viewpoints about the same distance apart as human eyes.

Through his personal Instagram and the LSC’s social media platforms, Brian invited stereoscopists everywhere to capture and share images of living under lockdown and beyond. Stereoscopy seems to be popular in Japan, certainly in my sphere of influence, and there are some great photographers with whom I communicate with directly.

Even long after Queen had scored numerous hits and performed on some of the world's biggest stages, the band's success still amazes May.

The result was an avalanche of great material, and it was then a labour of love to choose the ones you will find here.

That said, none of us wants to put any kind of approval on what Russia is doing as a country right now. In the 1960s, he came across a Diablerie, a type of French stereoscopic card from the mid-19th century whose image is from a diorama depicting a unique vision of hell rendered in a Victorian context, evoking both spookiness and humor. Brian May, creator of the 21st-century incarnation of the London Stereoscopic Company, became an Internet evangelist for 3-D photography during the recent lockdown period, and fired up a whole new community of stereoscopists, all sharing their 3-D pictures on Instagram. Stereoscopy: the Dawn of 3D, written by the art historian Denis Pellerin, contains images from May’s collection of about 100,000 photographs – including two previously unseen images of Charles Dickens – and comes with its own foldable viewer.

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