It is only very recently that 3D movies and television have become state-of-the-art, so it may surprise you to discover that 150 years ago virtually every middle-class home had a stereoscope to view in three-dimensions and 3D was the best-selling format of photograph. The stereoscope became the “television” of the Victorian era. It was viewed as not only an entertainment, but also educational and provided an eye on the world.
The technology was developed in St Andrews in Scotland by Sir David Brewster in 1848 and first exhibited to a wide public at the London Great Exhibition of 1851. Queen Victoria loved it and a craze developed.
Back then travel was slow and expensive, but through the stereoscope everyone could travel to exotic locations or even just "Bonnie Scotland" in the comfort of their armchair.
To celebrate the 170th anniversary of Brewster's stereoscope, I am publishing a book of around 230 antique views of Scotland from my collection. A fold-out stereoscope included in the book will allow the reader to visit the Victorian hot-spots of Scotland. The accompanying text is a serendipitous selection of history, quotation, poem and anecdote loosely related to the photos.
The book is a high print quality, full colour "coffee-table" style A4 landscape book of 128 pages which weighs 1kg.
It is very expensive to publish a book of this quality and I am hoping to help defray some of the up-front costs via this Kickstarter campaign.
Risks and challenges
This is the second 3D book I have produced; the first was called "Chamonix Mont Blanc in 3D". It was a success and covered its costs.
I am using the same tried-and-tested format for "Scotland in 3D", the same printer and the same fold-out stereoscope.
The images mainly come from my private collection and, being antique, are royalty free.
A successful prototype has been produced which is on display in the video.
The book is currently at the printers with an expected delivery around the end of September.
- (30 days)