Explorations of the third dimension through the lens

Unfortunately in order to view these photos, or stereograms, in 3D, the use of a 3D DLP projector or computer must be used. The 3D format, side by side, is interpolated and each image is selectively transmitted to the brain by means of liquid crystal shutter glasses. The visual system treats the input as it would any other, combing two differing retinal inputs into one cohesive percept of the world. Because the pictures are differing only in their position by a distance of around two inches, when being combined in the visual system, the brain uses  binocular cues (that is cues that utilize both retinal signals – more on that here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_perception) to construct a 3 dimensional image.

There is one other way to view the stereograms – by crossing your eyes such that the two images overlap, and then focusing the images a 3D illusion can be attained. It’s pretty difficult to do however.

The final images were created with the use of a piece of software called Stereo Photo Maker (SPM). After capturing two images at differing angles, the program cleverly aligns them and then places them side by side in a stereogram. From there, the use of 3D technology to interpolate the two images aids in the perception of a third dimension.

All the images were captured at night, thus adding to the eerie phenomenon of experiencing 3D on a 2D surface. The yellows, oranges, and reds seen throughout the series are a tribute to this eeriness. The lines in the images are often not in line with our flat, straight view of the world, instead they are angled oddly such that when viewing the image in 3D you really feel the effects of the third dimension while at the same time adding to this whacky, eerie feeling.

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