On stereoscopy and ‘The Owl’ with transcript



BRIAN MAY STEREOSCOPY #1 – An Introduction


Wow! This is the Victorian sensation.  This is a stereoscope.  I look in here and I see a heartbroken lady waiting outside a church door, watching the man that she loves marry another woman.  It’s so vivid, it’s so clear, it’s so solid.  It’s so 3-D, that you feel that you could walk in and talk to these people.

This is the sensation which I wanted to bring into the 21st century in the Victorian way, because really the Victorian stereoscope has never been equalled in terms of giving you the completely immersive 3-D experience.

But how was this sensation achieved?

Well, it’s achieved with two pictures – one taken for each eye, slightly different, because each of our eyes has a slightly different view of the Universe.

This stereo card, with the two pictures, goes in the stereoscope and the lenses sort it out so tht the left eye sees the left picture, the right eye sees the right picture, and your brain does the rest.  Your brain reconstructs the stereo image – the stereoscopic image – the 3-D sensation, which you see every waking moment of your lives.

My mission – my dream – was to bring the Victorian sensation of stereoscopy into the 21st century in its full glory.  To do that I had to design my own stereoscope.  It looks a lot different, but it does the same job – actually a little better than this one.

One of its great secrets is that it focuses, so will do for anybody’s eyes.

Here’s the stereo card with the two images.

This is the centre of everything tht we do in The London Stereoscopic Company.  This is the vehicle for the dream, which is 3-D.