Following a link from the comment section of One Taiwanese would Kiss all of Paris to One Inch Punch I was mesmerized by these 3D images made by taking each frame of a stereoview photograph and turning them into an animated gif.
These pieces show that great things can happen when we digitize artefacts. The original photographs were taken by T. Enami, known as ‘Japan’s Enigmatic Photographer of the Meiji and Taisho Eras‘.
You can see more in a larger size at this flicker stream.
Stereoscopy was invented as early as 1840 and I remember handling an old stereoscopic camera at my friend Roy Jacques’ camera museum in Herberton north queensland. It had two lenses and would therefore take the same picture from two slightly different perspectives.
The resulting photograph looks like this:
When viewed through an apparatus that can be as simple as a piece of cardboard between the eyes, the 3D perception is enabled by giving the illusion of depth. By scanning each image and turning them into a simple gif animation, the result is this:
All pictures are in the Public Domain. Please share.