Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Stereoscopic Views of the Battlefield Come to Life

You may have seen collections of the stereoscopic (3-D) images of the First World War. Many of these images are great, but they require handheld or large box-shaped viewers to examine. And even with this equipment, though, the images are small and never quite come to life. Well, things are changing. Carlos Traspaderne of the Casa de la Imagen Cultural Center in Spain has decided to apply new technology to viewing these images and the results have been terrific. He says he uses mirrors to improve the clarity and enlarge the images. He has developed a four-minute sampler film of what he can do with the originals, which come on cards with two slightly offset versions of the same image.

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WWI Battlefields in High-Quality 3-D Images

Carlos is interested in producing books and films using stereoscopic images. If you have a set of these, he would like to hear from you. Also, let him know what you think of his project and whether you might be interested in purchasing some of his products. He can be contaced at:


  1. Amazing! Watched this on my monitor and will re-watch it on my 60" plasma shortly.

    A. Melomet

  2. Very impressive on my 27" monitor!

  3. A fascinating way to increase the interest of these stereos - Carlos is to be congratulated on his ingenuity. However, the constant oscillation is clearly a limitation - I'm not sure how many of these images one could watch before a migraine set in! What would happen if the oscillation rate was increased to about 20 per second or more (cf. a movie film)? - Would the eye be fooled into seeing a single 3D image, or would the image revert to 2D, or would the eye just see the two original stereos superimposed on each other?