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 isu2019.org

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 www.isu2019.org.

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 flixbus.com 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 www.trainline.eu.

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.

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