Stereo Photographs from the Woods of West Seattle 2005-2009            .

Ford's DIY Stereo Camera

Stereoscope and Print

The photographer Charles Swedlund, my college professor and mentor, was making great stereo photographs in the 1970's.  In 2005, my wife Robyn and I visited the Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, WA and saw their exhibit of Theatre Du Monde.  As a memory of the exhibition, we purchased a wonderful set of stereo photographs of Theatre Du Monde, and when we looked at them I thought of Charles Swedlund and his beautiful photographs.  

So, I began to learn about the history of 3-D imagery, and decided to make a camera that would allow me to see the entire circles of the projected images from the two lenses.  I used an old 120 rollfilm panoramic camera back with two 20mm Nikkor lenses, and used two slip-on lens caps as shutters.

I owe a big THANK YOU to my teacher, Charles Swedlund, who taught me the importance of learning from history.

My favorite way of seeing and showing these stereo photographs is from prints viewed with a tabletop stereoscope such as the Fairchild F-71 shown in the photo to the right.

The following photographs were made in the West Duwamish Greenbelt and Pigeon Point Park, just a short walk from our home in West Seattle.  

The pairs of stereo images below are presented for parallel viewing.