Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Stereograph = Amazing.

The stereograph was quite the invention, it seemed as though Oliver Wendell Holmes created something truly magnificent. The stereograph was a card with two identical images that was seen through a stereoscope. When a person views this, they see what appears to be a three dimensional image. This discovery made simple photographs to appear as real objects.

"The first effect of looking at a good photograph through the stereoscope is a surprise such as no painting ever produced. The mind feels its way into the very depths of the picture. The scraggy branches of a tree in the foreground run out at us as if they would scratch our eyes out. The elbow of a figure stands forth so as to make us almost uncomfortable. Then there is such frightful amount of detail, that we have the same sense of infinite complexity which Nature gives us." - The Stereoscope and The Stereograph, Page 1.

Holmes describes his invention as an extraordinary thing and ya know something? It was. Not only did the viewer recieve a more realistic vision but they also got a touch of spark to their imaginations. Not only does the viewer see it as something that they could touch in real life, it makes them feel that they actually are. It feels true, real, and exciting but also scary sometimes. Without the stereograph, life may have been very different. It may not have been too exciting but it's defiently brought a nice excitement. It also brought more understanding. It brought greatness.


At 3:56 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A very good post.

Holmes is expressing the wonder and amazement felt by sensitive observers as they examined the minute detail of the photographic image. It literally changed the way in which people viewed the world. Great vistas were captured, but also the microsopic detail that fascinated many an artist.


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