Dan Krecklow | 3D - Traditional Parallel Stereographs


If you've never experienced traditional parallel stereographs ...

they were once as revolutionary as the internet is today. From the 1840's through the 1930's millions of stereographs were produced, impacting viewers profoundly by taking them around the world and allowing them to experience major events as if they were there to catch a glimpse in person. You can find digital files on the web showing Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, the pyramids and other wonders of the world as well as scenes of daily from the 19th century.

I've spent the past couple years experimenting with various ways to share my 3D work with you. There are a number of different formats and viewers, but I wanted to stay consistent with the traditional Holmes stereoscopes that I've enjoyed for years. I found that by working with a professional print lab and having them mount my "slides" on single weight mat board, I could hand cut them to match the Holmes format. This method is both time consuming and expensive but yields results that honor this time honored media. Viewing these printed slides with a Holmes viewer presents a realistic and physical connection to history.

You can also experience my 3D work along with historical examples on the web using inexpensive Loreo viewers. You can find them on the web, or I have them available here on the website or at my studio (by appointment only please). Please note that there are different Loreo viewers and the Pixi 3D Viewer for 10 to 15 inch wide 3D images is the model that works with computer screens. Many of you will be mesmerized while some of you will only be mildly entertained (and unfortunately a few of you just won't find it worth your time at all). I should also mention that there are some lucky souls who can "free view" these without a viewer. That's something you'll have to investigate on your own. 

Here are some slide shows of my stereographs. If you're using a viewer and a computer I recommend starting the slide show and then pausing it. Use the "full-screen" option and then scroll through the slide show at your own pace using the right and left arrow keys. Or just hit play and enjoy - that works too.