The Invention of the Stereoscope
As a part of my ETEC540 course, Text Technologies: The Changing Spaces of Reading & Writing, I was required to create a video documentary. We were to choose a piece of technology and to contextualize the technological development historically and culturally. This assignment has been a definite learning experience.
Up until the start of this assignment I did not know what a stereoscope was; or so I thought. It turns out; I had seen some stereoscopic painting by Dali last spring. I wound up being so fascinated with the stereoscope, and its connection to photography, that I have already been to a couple of antique stores looking at views to start collecting.
The overall process was fun, long, stressful, enlightening, just to name a few emotions. I even went to a physical library, first in seven years, and borrowed some books. (Side note; apparently Burnaby Public Libraries do not charge interest on overdue fines). I struggled though a lack of creativity, struggled with software, and as I write this, I am struggling with uploading the video to my YouTube account.
To create the documentary I used the following software programs: QuickTime (Audio & Screen), iMovie, PowerPoint, and Word. All programs I had used before. Although I was familiar with all of these programs I took the time to learn something new with each of them.
What did take me by surprise was how time consuming this project was. It has taken far more time than I had anticipated. I am happy to say that I have finished and that I have learned a lot. Not only did I learn about the stereoscope; but also about the support from others. For this I owe my family thanks. Pamela a huge thanks for pushing me to the end.
If you'd like to watch the documentary, The Invention of the Stereoscope, you are more than welcome to do so.