Hand Built Stereo Cameras and Cherrywood Viewer

Hand-Built Wooden Stereo Polaroid Camera
Ebony Stereo Polaroid Camera

This super-wide hand-built, fashioned in 1974 from military surplus lenses (38mm Biogons), Polaroid holders was designed to accommodate B+W 665-PN film. Sporting a short-throw focusing bed pirated from a 4×5 Bush press camera, fire-engine red peccary-pig leather bellows pirated from a fire-engine red peccary-pig, and removable lens-caps that also served as shutters. Designed specifically for light-painting photography, this throwback ebony-wood marvel served as my primary camera for over ten years.

Hand Built Stereo Camera
Cherrywood Stereo Roll-Film Cameras with Mahogany Polaroid Configuration for Instant Image Evaluation

While B+W image making was my focus for many years, the temptation to experiment with color transparency materials became overwhelmingly seductive. A mahogany Polaroid camera recorded the light-painting process onto Type 669 color print material and provided critical feedback. Two cherrywood boxes outfitted with 6×9 roll-film holders and matched 38mm Biogons provided the left and right-eyed images necessary to create the 3D stereo effect. An aircraft aluminum rail system allowed for the critical inter-lens adjustments required for photographing subjects at varying distances. Lacking bellows, the barrel mounted lenses had to be screwed in and out of their brass helicoil mounts.  As for shutters, removable lens-caps enabled exposure accuracy in the extremely critical durational range of several minutes to several hours. “One thousand one . . . One thousand two.”

Cherrywood Stereo Viewer

Reminiscent of historical stereo viewers, I fashioned a cherrywood box design that would serve not only as a highly attractive viewing device, but also a collectible stereo card portfolio storage case. The handle is removable and the hinged bottom folds up to create an irresistible conversation piece for the fireplace mantle. The lenses are the same high-quality optical glass prisms used in turn-of-the-century Holmes stereoscopes. 

Cherrywood Stereo Viewer Transforms into Elegant Storage Box
Cherrywood Stereo Viewer
Unique Collection of Eight Cibachrome Stereo Cards

Hand-mounted Cibachrome stereo prints, mounted to 3 1/2″ x 7″ archival rag mount board comprise this introductory selection of light-painted images from the 3D Sacred Places Gallery.

Edition of Ten Cibachrome Stereo Cards

Hand-mounted Cibachrome stereo prints, mounted to 3 1/2″ x 7″ archival rag mount board comprise this introductory selection of light-painted images from the 3D Figurative Gallery.

Renound Stereo Card Collector Demonstrates Use of Stereo Viewer

Renound stereoscopic image collector pays a visit to my presentation at the Utah 3D Convention.

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