Stereoscopy Day – Annual Exhibition Zoom meeting at 7:30pm Tuesday 21st June 2022

Charles Wheatstone and Stereoscopic DrawingsThe first “Stereoscopy Day“, an international celebration of the birth of stereoscopic 3D,  is on Tuesday 21st June 2022. A new annual event on the anniversary of the day in 1838 when Sir Charles Wheatstone officially presented his stereoscope to the Royal Society of London and demonstrated his theory of binocular vision.
World Stereoscopy Day is organised by the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy

The Stereoscopic Society will be contributing to the #StereoscopyDay celebration with an online Zoom meeting at 7:30pm BST (GMT+1) – 21st June 2022 to present The Stereoscopic Society Annual Exhibition 2022 of 3D images submitted to this years competition including the award winners.

Also this year would have been the 100th birthday of Pat Whitehouse, a lady who is well known through out The Stereoscopic Society and other 3D clubs around the world for her amazing 3D slide shows especially of wild birds and nature photographed with cameras she designed and made herself.
A short presentation of Pat’s work will conclude the Stereoscopy Day meeting to celebrate her centenary birthday.

Stereoscopy Day – Annual Exhibition 2022 and Pat Whitehouse centenary tribute.
Time: June 21, 2022 07:30 PM London BST (GMT+1)

No registration is necessary, just click the link or use the Login details below :
Join our Annual Exhibition 2022 Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 889 5262 6142
Passcode: 462310

The Annual Exhibition show will be presented in side by side parallel format, you can view with an appropriate stereoscope or resize the Zoom window to freeview.
The show will also be available on YouTube if you are unable to join us live.

Wheatstone Stereoscope

World Stereoscopy Day is organised by the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy on the anniversary of the presentation of Sir Charles Wheatstone’s paper on stereoscopic vision.
Many events and special offers have already been scheduled around the world both in person meetings and online events.

Just before our Zoom meeting, Denis Pellerin of The Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy (UK) will be giving an educational 3-D presentation titled ‘Did You Know Stereoscopy Was Invented Before Photography?’. It will be live on Zoom (with side-by-side parallel-view images) from 18:00 BST.
For details of this and other events see;

Or add your own celebrations and post images online using hashtag #StereoscopyDay

3D Meetings On Line

(By Robert Caley – As published in The Stereoscopic Society Journal No. 225.)

Like many others, I suspect that, if asked to describe 2020 in one word, I would choose unprecedented without hesitation.  Lockdown in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of The Stereoscopic Society meetings scheduled for the remainder of the 2019/20 season and the annual convention in Harrogate which I had been very much looking forward to.

webinar participants wearing 3D GlassesBut it has not all been bad news. As physical doors closed, many doors into a virtual, online world opened thanks to Zoom, Webex and Google and the efforts of 3D enthusiasts around the globe.  Society President Colin Metherill took the lead in setting up online meetings for members through a variety of platforms and a number of members have kindly taken over as hosts for what have become regular meetings.

Looking back now, I can hardly remember a week since late April when I’ve not attended at least one online 3D-related meeting.  Despite initial widespread concerns about the security of some online meeting platforms, only one of the many meetings I’ve attended to date has been “porn bombed”.  The organisers soon had the situation under control and set up an alternative meeting, taking heart from the fact that someone had regarded our meeting as being worth disrupting.

Armed with my trusty computer and alarm clock I’ve been able to attend 3D events organised around the world and enjoyed the opportunities to hear presentations by well-known experts.  The good news for those of us in the UK who can’t face getting up in the small hours is that meetings and presentations are often recorded and can be enjoyed by a larger audience after the original event.  Visit, for example, NYSA Presents! and Brooklyn Stereoscopic Community for a taste of what you have missed.

Many clubs now hold their meetings in Zoom, etc..  It is not uncommon for attendances at online meetings to be higher than those at previous face-to-face meetings and lockdown saw a notable innovation in the form of the first online-only stereoscopy club, the Brooklyn Stereoscopic Association (subsequently renamed the Brooklyn Stereoscopic Community) who hold fortnightly meetings and set out with a clear mission to “create a comfortable, inclusive environment and run the club in such a way that actively seeks and promotes diversity, inclusion and respect in its members, topics and presentations”.

Online meetings have given enthusiasts around the world opportunities to attend meetings without the cost of travel and accommodation and several have been tempted to give their first presentation and share their particular interests.

Highlights of the online meetings I attended include :

Although I miss face-to-face meetings and the opportunities they allow for large screen projection, I’ve been impressed by how 3D enthusiasts have adapted during 2020 and can see virtual and hybrid meetings playing an important role in the future of The Stereoscopic Society and similar organisations around the world.  Not only do they allow us access to a wider pool of presenters but they also open up meetings to a wider potential audience. As more and more existing members become confident using the major online meeting platforms, the challenge will be to attract new, younger members.  The number of stereoscopic images displayed on platforms like Instagram suggests that there are lots of creative 3D enthusiasts out there.

Huge thanks to the many people whose efforts have allowed all the above events to happen.


Invitation to Lübeck – ISU Congress 2019

(An invitation from ISU President Frank Lorenz.)

This year there is one whole week of 3D projections at the 22nd ISU World Congress.

Registration to the ISU Congress is now open and all information can be found at

The past two congresses were held in Korea and at the West Coast of the United States, so that many of you may not have bothered to go for the sheer length of the journey. You may rejoice and will be happy to hear that next year, the congress will be just around the corner in the North of Germany.

The congress will take place from 20 to 26 August 2019 in Lübeck, several miles from Hamburg. Lübeck is a beautiful city with a maritime touch. In fact, it was an important city of the Hanseatic League at the time and is famous today for its picturesque town centre with the emblematic seven church towers.

The congress itself will take place in an old maritime shed, right by the river Trave. For accommodation, all rooms in the Holiday Inn hotel just across the bridge have been reserved for the duration of the congress. You can find detailed information including a video invitation or details on outings on the dedicated website

Lübeck listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

How do you get to Lübeck from the UK?

The easiest and quickest way is to catch a flight to Hamburg. Many airlines offer direct flights to Hamburg. You can fly directly from Birmingham (Flybe), Bristol (bmi), Dublin (Aer Lingus, Ryanair), Edinburgh (Easyjet, Ryanair), London Heathrow (British Airways, Eurowings), Gatwick (Easyjet), Stansted (Ryanair) and Manchester (Easyjet, Ryanair). From Hamburg, it is only a short one hour train ride to Lübeck that will cost you about 14 euro with trains running every hour. Take the metro to the main railway station and catch the train to Lübeck there. Alternatively, coaches are leaving directly from the airport to Lübeck for as low as 5 euro. You can book them at On the second page, make sure to unselect all stops but Hamburg Airport and Lübeck on the left side.

If you are afraid of flying or you feel the need to take half your household along? Take your car then! Gisela Will, the vice-president of the German Society for Stereoscopy and congress manager of the ISU congress 2019 has been coming to the conventions of the Stereoscopic Society in the UK by car from Hamburg for years. So, I imagine it works in the other direction just the same. The empirically tested route is by Stenaline ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland. From there, it is a five and a half hour drive to Lübeck on the right side of the road.

During the convention in Buxton, I have been asked several times whether you could not take the train. This is a mode of transport I would not have thought of, but yes, in fact you can! Board the Eurostar at St. Pancras Station to Brussels. In Brussels, hop on a train to Cologne. You will have to change one more time in Hanover and after shortly under ten hours you arrive at Lübeck Hbf station. You can buy tickets through

Hope to see you all next year for the 22nd ISU World Congress!

Frank Lorenz
ISU President


Seeking Early Stereo Cards of Nuneaton and Northern Warwickshire

Continuing his “magnum opus” of 3D AV shows of Warwickshire Past and Present based on the Warwickshire County Record Office’s (WCRO) very large (> 630) collection of chiefly mid 19th century stereo cards, Bob Pryce would very much like to seek help from members. Currently the WCRO collection has almost no stereo cards of northern Warwickshire – especially Nuneaton for example.

Do any members have any such stereo cards which they might be willing to lend to Bob to digitise or digitise them for him to use in future 3D AV shows of the area? If you can help please email Bob.

Keywords: 3D, stereo, cards, images, Warwickshire, Nuneaton, nineteenth century.

Postal Auctions started!

The Society has been bequeathed various photographic items. So that every member has an equal chance to buy these items this auction site has been set up for Society members only.

So that every member has an equal chance of buying this equipment we will have a series of small auctions via our website.

Each auction will offer about six items with a closing date four weeks later.

Go to Postal Auction

Stereoscopic Society London meeting, December 10th 2016

We started the meeting with a presentation of the Third Dimension Society’s 53rd annual Exhibition. As ever, this was full of superb images from Stereographers from around the world and was well received by the meeting.  A preview of 3D-CON 2017 ( Joint ISU congress and NSA convention to be held in Irvine, California, 8 – 14 August) was shown and the background explaind by Harry Atkinson along with details of the eclipse which will occur shortly after the event.  Colin Metherell explained a technique that he uses for assessing depth in projected images. This involves the use of a laser pointer which is pointed at particular parts of the image and is seen “double” as the eyes view the 3D image. excessive separation of the laser dots indicates a possible problem.

After a pleasant  break with suitably festive fare (much provided by Paul Gibbs – Thanks Paul!) we had the Digital Image Competition.

We had 21 entries which meant we had 63 images and, as those  who attended will know, the audience enjoyed 3 viewings – the first two anonymously but with titles for the purpose of enabling them to vote – the last viewing with the addition of the names of the stereographers.  In the event, Bob Pryce was judged to be the winner with his striking image  “Burdock Great Burr”, and Bob will receive a certificate in due course.  Second was Mike Hillyard with “Cordoba Alleyway” and then there was a 5-way tie for third place: Mary Paul with “Misty Trees”; Andrew Holt with “City Aerial”; Mary Paul with “Beamish Trams”; Ian Rawat with “Burren Birds”; and Ian Hastie with “Listening to the Waves”.

Bob Pryce’s winning image “Burdock Great Burr”

All of the images were much appreciated by the audience and I’d like to say a big thank you to all those who submitted entries.  I hope that we will be able to run the competition again in 2017.  If we do, I plan two changes to the format: Numbers as well as titles on each image to aid voting “in the dark”, and  the audience will be asked to choose their favourite 3 images (not ranked).

Mike Hillyard

Coventry October 2016

1 Oct 2016                                 Andrew Hurst
“Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster”  talk by special guest Denis Pellerin
Denis Pellerin of the London Stereoscopic Company (LSC) and author of “Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster” came as our special guest speaker to the first Coventry meeting of the new season.

Denis gave an extremely interesting talk about this new 3D book which he co-authored with Brian May.  There are many stereo cards which feature ladies in Crinoline dresses, many in humorous poses poking fun at this unusual fashion craze which died a natural death more than 100 years ago, after being responsible for the deaths of thousands – literally fashion victims!

denis-pellerin-crinoline-6cm-300dpiThe Crinoline dress is all about volume and roundness, so is an ideal subject for 3D.
Denis gave us a very interesting history of the Crinoline dress and brought us right up to date with images of modern fashion students who wore their designs at the launch of the book.

Denis also showed us the new OWL Virtual Reality Kit which allows a smartphone to be held in an OWL viewer and a new pocket version of the viewer, the LITE OWL.
We then saw some images from STARMUS festival in the Canary Islands, a festival that celebrates Astronomy and Music.  A special 12 minute stereoscopic journey into space, entitled “Horizons” had been created by Denis and Brian.   This 3-D experience played as an app on smartphones and was viewed in 3-D through the OWL VR kits, and enjoyed by over 1,000 attendees at the festival.  The sound track is a solo guitar piece by Brian.

slide-iphone-brian-and-professor-hawkingThe festival was a tribute to Stephen Hawking to whom Brian helped show  “Horizons” a through an OWL VR.

We would like to thank Denis for an extremely interesting talk and for bringing many of the products to sell.  Go to to view and order online.

After the break there was projection of the ISU’s Digital Club Folio Shows.  These are a diverse selection of 3D images taken by our colleagues from all around the world, showcasing their local 3D clubs.  The shows are put together by Stephen O’Neil from Switzerland who happened to be at the Coventry meeting and able to introduce the shows and explain that the ISU Digital Folios are now available to view in 3D on YouTube and watched on a computer or 3D TV.
To complement the ISU folio we were shown the promotional video for the 21st ISU World Congress which will be held from August 8 to 14, 2017 in Irvine, California, USA in conjunction with the National Stereoscopic Association’s annual congress 3D-Con.  The joint event is being hosted by the LA 3D Club who put on an excellent congress a few years ago with lots to see and do and interesting speakers from Hollywood 3D blockbuster productions. For those wishing to make an extended holiday, a week after the congress there is a Total Solar Eclipse going right across the USA on Monday 21 August 2017.  For information and to register, please go to
The afternoon finished with a beautiful show from Takashi Seketani – “Hyperlapse”, a sequence of Hyper 3D images which were also time lapse recording of different scenes around Japan.  This show was one of the award winning shows at the ISU congress last year in South Korea.

There was an excellent turnout for this meeting, thank you to all who came.

Stereoscopic Society Visit to Stoke Bruerne September 10th 2016

Stoke Bruerne is situated on the Grand Union Canal, between Milton Keynes and Northampton. The canal, then known as the Grand Junction Canal, was completed in 1805, linking London and Birmingham.

In spite of a very drizzly day, 8 members of the society, and some wives, met in the café at the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne on September 10th 2016. The forecasters said that the weather was promised to improve. After refreshments, we toured the museum, a 3 storey, former store house, beside the canal. Inside was an interesting collection of memorabilia, the history of canal construction, and the companies that ran them. The largest exhibit was a complete living section of a narrow boat, an incredibly cramped space where a family would eat, sleep and work as they travelled along the canals. Nearby were the wonderfully traditionally decorated pots, buckets etc. that the travellers often decorated themselves. Also on display were tools, equipment and models of canal boats.

Many modern canal boat owners had arrived in the village, some in highly decorated boats, in sufficient numbers for a 1940s themed weekend in the village. A group played and sang 1940s tunes in the shelter of a bridge and there were lots of tented displays.

The light rain continued, so we decided to have an early lunch in the Boat pub, opposite the museum. This was a good opportunity to catch up on the latest experimentation in 3D with other members. After an extended lunch, we wandered along the towpath to the entrance of the Blisworth tunnel admiring the boats, but the rain showed no sign of stopping. At the entrance to the tunnel a blacksmith demonstrated his skills and offered his (slightly eccentric) views on things ancient and modern.

With no sign of the weather improving, we walked back to Stoke Bruerne and on to the staircase of locks south of the village, where we helped operate the lock gates for a narrowboat. Then it was back to Stoke Bruerne from where we made our way home, also in the drizzle.

boat-living-quartersBoat living quarters

logjam-of-boatsLogjam of boats.

anyone-for-coffeeAnyone for coffee?

Colin Metherell

Nottingham Convention, 2012

This Nottingham Convention was our 4th Convention and we still feel ourselves to be newcomers. This is not to say that we feel outsiders. No, the Society is a particularly friendly, non cliquish organisation and everybody talks openly to everybody – we very much enjoy this aspect of the Convention and the Society.

As always, the Convention had a number of projection sessions showing AV shows, slides and 3D videos chiefly from our membership but also some from abroad. These were generally of a very good standard and were most entertaining. Additionally there was the now-established AV5, short AV show, competition organised by Barry Aldous – this year won by David Burder for his piece on Royal Marines. The 2012 Exhibition/Competition entries were also shown and, where possible awards were presented. The comfortable, high ceilinged room that we had at the Crowne Plaza was well suited to projection and viewing needs. Projection was of a very high standard – set up and carried out by Andrew Hurst. Andrew, with the able assistance of Robin Williams looking after the audio, seems to have done pretty well everything apart from registration to make the Convention happen and we are extremely grateful to him. For his own business reasons etc he will be unable to do all this work in the future so we have to find new volunteers to take his place. In fact, Andrew’s contribution to the Society in this and many other ways deservedly won him the Martin Wilshire award from last year’s winner, Barry Aldous.

Alongside the main projection activity were several workshops and demonstrations and sales activities from members (listed in the programme details) and these provided a valuable focus for meeting and discussion between members. Some business was done by members disposing of surplus equipment and some items were just given away.

Sunday during the day was spent on two visits: to Newstead Abbey and the elaborate Papplewick (water) Pumping Station both of which were great photo opportunities in the reasonable weather that we had. These excursions were well organised by Greg and Carol Foster who live in Nottingham and were valuable people on the ground for the Convention. We all very much appreciate their contribution to the Convention.

We enjoyed our three days in Nottingham. The hotel and the company were good and we hope to be at next year’s Convention in Cirencester.

Bob & Jane Pryce

Chesterfield Convention, 2011

“I felt that the Chesterfield Convention was the best I have attended” is how one member described this year’s convention and sums up the comments made by many others. The weekend was a great success attended by 82 members, the majority resident in the Chesterfield Hotel, which proved to be a very suitable venue. (With day visitors on the Saturday the number of attendees increased to 92).

Quite untimely the hotel was in the process of changing owners the day we arrived, but the new management and existing staff did everything they could to make our visit as pleasant and trouble free as possible.

The programme for the weekend revolved around three evenings of 3D projection with a variety of shows chosen to exhibit our own members work and give a taste of shows from other countries. Most of the shows were modern digital creations, but a number were recent digital copies of film based shows some members will remember seeing in the past and were able to enjoy again in their new digital format. All the 3D projection was digital using the societies high resolution projectors onto our large 10ft x 7.5ft silver screen, which thanks to the height of the hotel ballroom was able to be mounted at its highest position giving the audience every chance of a great view.

The 3D shows varied from historical stories like “Those who will, may win” by Barry Aldous to surreal fantasy images in “A Fractal Odyssey” by Jerry Oldaker and John Hart from the USA. As well as our own society exhibition shows other member’s images took us from the mountaintops of Snowdonia, to whale watching in the Pacific. One of the most entertaining shows was when David Burder handed out union flags, so the audience could wave along while watching his 3D video of the crowds gathered in London watching the Royal Wedding procession and the Royal Kiss in 3D.

Saturday morning began with the society AGM followed by a display of members’ workshops and sales tables where members found many bargains. The workshop tables spread the knowledge of digital 3D, including macro photography using attachments for the Fuji cameras and 3D video using the JVC camcorder. Steven Bowers joined us from JVC UK and demonstrated their 3D camcorder plugged into a large 3D TV so we could see the results.

During the Saturday afternoon workshops Paul Lund showed us how he photographs insects in flight and David Robinson explained his methods for scriptwriting writing AudioVisual (AV) shows and the art of sound recording. David then showed us how he has put this into practice with his show “Two Eyes Best”, a short AV show he presented at his local camera club to spread awareness and understanding of 3D and our society.

After the workshops the afternoon continued with the AV5 competition, an audience judged competition organised by Barry Aldous to encourage members to produce 3D AV shows, with the requirement that they be no longer than 5 minutes. We judged seven members’ shows, which covered everything from mysterious garden Gnomes appearing in the Australian woods to Bernard Brown’s recent hip operation with several fascinating but gory images. The winner was announced on Saturday evening as Ray McMillan’s excellent “Train”, showing an unusual brick monument of an A4 Pacific railway locomotive.

Saturday evening included some classic Pat Whitehouse wildlife shows and we were also joined by Pat’s daughter and granddaughter; Anne and Mairi (see Anne’s comments below). During the evening a number of awards for the society exhibition were presented and also this years Martin Willsher Award for recent technical contributions to the society was presented to Barry Aldous who among many other things is responsible for digitising many of the Pat Whitehouse shows.

Sunday was our traditional coach outing which this year went to the local attractions of Crich Tramway Village museum and Lea Gardens – a growing rainbow of colours, famous for its displays of rhododendrons and azaleas.

With the successful conclusion of another annual convention the majority of people said their good byes over breakfast on Monday. However about twenty remained on for an informally arranged day out to Chatsworth House which is very nearby and proved very enjoyable.

Andrew Hurst