Have you ever taken a picture with the hope of seeing the image jump out and become “real” to all your friends and family? In essence to give a “3D” feel to it?
Today’s technology has made the 3D essence possible and we are celebrating our own in house photographer Lorenzo Bartoli with 2 of his Florence and 2 of his Rome images as gift ideas for the holiday season. Each of these four images captures a renowned historic monument giving them depth and movement, as if you were really there in person to enjoy the spectacular image.
These images are individually elaborated by hand into a 3D image making them a unique handcrafted item.
How does it work? The lenticular technique consists of interposing an optical layer made of tiny longitudinal lenses, called a lenticular sheet, between the image and the viewer’s eye. This creates the illusion that the image changes depending on the viewer’s visual angle. These self-stereoscopic images, also known as three dimensional or 3D images, use a special method that eliminates the need to wear special glasses in order to appreciate the effect. The lenticular sheet of APET plastic has a series of straight lines engraved in it, making it feel like you are scratching a record when you touch it. These lines are what give the 3D effect to the images.
The first image is of the statue of Perseus located in the Loggia outside of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, which depicts him wearing the many gifts of the gods as once he undertook the mission to bring back the head of the famous Gorgon, Medusa. Interesting to note that though this bronze of Cellini is graphic with the blood gushing from the severed head of Medusa, this subject is not treated with horror or disgust.
The second Florentine image is of Neptune, and was meant to be an allusion to the dominion of Florence over the sea. The figure stands on a high pedestal in the middle of an octagonal fountain. However, when this white marble statue was finished, it was not appreciated in particular by the Florentines, who called it Il Biancone (the white giant).
The lenticular illustrations by Lorenzo Bartoli are made with the precise and passionate characteristics found in a hand crafted production. They are printed in a superior quality and then each image is individually hand laminated. These images are made with real photographs and it is this which gives the subjects a spatial volume, resulting in a true 3D effect. It is through these images that the author has tried to convey the warmth and emotion felt during his work.