Very impressive research done on what motivates and inspires us as humans, with some very interesting results.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, enigmatic photographer T. Enami (1859-1929) captured a number of 3D stereoviews depicting life in Meiji-period Japan.
Stereoscopy is the enhancement of the illusion of depth in a photograph, movie, or other two-dimensional image by presenting a slightly different image to each eye, and thereby adding the first of these cues (stereopsis) as well. It is important to note that the second cue is still not satisfied and therefore the illusion of depth is incomplete. Originally, there would have been two images side by side viewed through a Sterescope to recreate a 3D image. Now if we alternate the two in a quick animation we can acheive the same effect.
You can view more animated steroviews over at pinktentacle.com
Hard to believe these beautiful buildings used to be in Kelvingrove Park. The Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901, was an amazing demonstration of Victorian self confidence which proudly displayed the great progress made in industry, science and art during the nineteenth century. They had also held one 1888 which was massively popular and the profits paid for Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
You can see more from the 1901 International Exhibition here.
A few years ago, Life Magazine announced they were going to digitize 10 million of their photos and pictures from their archive. Working alongside Google, they made this wonderful collection available to the public. 95% of the images had not been seen before and they stretch from 1750 to today.
In case anyone has not seen it before, here are a few images taken of Glasgow, from various Life journalists throughout the ages. The first photo is of Kelvingrove Park with the statue of Lord Roberts and Glasgow University in the background. That view doesn’t exist anymore thanks to the trees. Second photos were taken in 1948. It was post war Britain, but the poverty some people were living in was atrocious. I recognize the last photo, I have a feeling it’s Sloans market and outdoor pub, but I could be wrong. Any guesses?
Before the widespread use of radar,these instruments were used to listen for enemy aircraft during WW1 and WW2. The ability to hear approaching craft from 20 miles away was now possible. Blind men, who had developed an acute sense of hearing, volunteered for this service in order to play their part in patriotism.
The designs are very impressive and somewhat vulgarly industrial Britain, with their cast metal and awkward angles. You can learn more here.