Florence: a Stereoscopic Walk through History
Florence is every stereo-photographer’s dream: historical palaces, statues, fountains. Taking a stroll down its old streets is like walking into a parallel world. Art and history come alive right before your eyes. Most photos in this gallery can be found in Piazza della Signoria or inside the Palazzo Vecchio (the majestic building famous for his high clock and bell tower). The statues of Galileo Galilei and Pier Antonio Micheli are situated in a niche carved from the last inner ground pilaster in the Loggiato degli Uffizi famous for the world renowned museum it hosts. The Baptistery, Cathedral and Bell Tower are located in a nearby piazza.
© Valentina Carta
Valentina Carta (Brescia, Italy)
My first encounter with stereoscopy happened in the summer of 2000 when a family friend lent me a book filled with autostereograms and a handful of stereo cards. I didn’t manage to view any of them but on New Year’s Day in 2019, while on the NASA website, I stumbled into the famous stereo picture of Pluto. I was hooked the moment I managed to view it in 3D! Fast forward 3 years and now I don’t miss any opportunity to take a stereo of something, to the point that I like to plan trips with the explicit goal of taking stereos of new interesting places. My favourite subjects are buildings, statues or empty streets. The majority of my stereoscopic pictures are sequential stereos taken with my iPhone 11 Pro — although I use a Fujifilm W3 when I’m dealing with moving subjects like animals or pictures where water is involved.