How it all started
In July 2020 four 3D hobbyists came together to fill a void in the stereography world. A place where everyone could feel welcome. And just like that, a new community was formed under the name Brooklyn Stereoscopic Association.
Soon after the first live meeting the BSA and the Stereosite joined forces: The presentations that were given at a BSA live meeting would be published on Stereosite and authors of articles were invited to present at a meeting as well. The centerpiece of each meeting were two presentations about a broad variety of 3D related topics.
In March 2021, it was time for another update of our unique community. Our main goals with this update were to have something of interest for all members at each meeting and to streamline club administration — all while keeping the welcoming and friendly atmosphere we’ve all enjoyed so much. Changes included:
- Moving to monthly meetings
- Having shorter talks so we can bring members a history/collecting talk, a stereo photography showcase, a tutorial and a community activity at every meeting
- Moving content from the BSC website to the Stereosite website
- And finally, changing our name to Virtual Stereoscopic Community as we feel this better suits our ongoing mission: Connecting people from all over the world online to share their passion.
Our Team Members
Pascal Martiné (Mainz, Germany)
I’m the founder and webmaster of the stereosite. Even though I started my stereoscopic journey as a collector of stereoscopic antiques I soon tried to take my own stereo photos. If you would like to know more visit the About me page.
Mary Friargiu (Iglesias, Sardinia, Italy)
I developed my passion for photography during the past couple of years. My interest in stereoscopy, came from the re-establishment of The London Stereoscopic Company and Dr. Brian May’s encouragement to take stereo photographs. I’ve been intrigued by his stereographs, so when I discovered that I could make my own stereo pictures, I was keen to learn everything about stereoscopy. To me, it’s the best way to connect with everything that surrounds me. I use my Smartphone camera (Samsung Galaxy A41) to take stereos; my favourite subjects are landscapes and flowers.
Vanessa Grein (Aachen, Germany)
My stereo journey really began in 2020. When I started sharing my first stereo photoson Instagram, I experienced a lovely warm welcome by the stereo community and was encouraged to keep on doing them. Many of the photographers have their signature styles and I was looking for something new. After experimenting a lot I decided to combine my two passions — painting and stereoscopy — and came up with stereoscopic nebula drawings. Now I post a mix of nebulae, abstract drawings and stereo photos. In real life I work as a spokeswoman in Aachen, Germany. Before that I was a Social Media Manager for more than 10 years and I’m still passionate about that.
Sonia Vílchez Molina (Seville, Spain)
I’m born in 2004 and in my first year at university studying Physics, and I would like to become an astrophysicist in the future. I love reading, listening to music, playing the guitar and the piano and, of course, taking 3D photos. I started making stereos in 2021, and now it has become one of my biggest hobbies.
Felix Schlicht (Munich, Germany)
I started taking my own stereoscopic images in mid-2020 when I first discovered that free-viewing stereoscopic images is possible. Since then, with every photo I take I always find an opportunity to take a second photo from a different angle to create a stereo. While hiking I discovered that increasing the distance between the two images makes it possible to see depth even in distant objects like mountains, which otherwise would have appeared flat. I use my Smartphone Camera (Pixel 4a) to take stereos of just about anything, but my preferred stereo subjects are mountains and landscapes.
Former Team Members
- Keita Wangari, USA
- André Ruiter, Netherlands
- Ian Ference, USA
- Stacey Doyle Ference, USA