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PILGRIM ON A FOREST ROAD -- Stepping Out from the Mist of Old Japan -- (Cross-eyed View) | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
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PILGRIM ON A FOREST ROAD -- Stepping Out from the Mist of Old Japan -- (Cross-eyed View)

You can read T. ENAMI'S own title under the print. This true beauty is one my all-time favorites.




Enami published a mini-series of four different consecutive views with this title, all showing the same guy at different points along this misty trail. They are ENAMI 3-D CATALOG numbers S 896 through S 899.


I have posted two others as Enami's own lantern-slide conversions, but have yet to find the fourth and final view.


This is a bit unusual for an Enami composition, in that the pilgrim traveler is coming out of the mist, and walking toward you. Enami usually has the subject(s) walking away from the camera. After the shot was taken, the misty traveler might have turned around, and disappeared back into the mist from whence he came.


This stereoview is "un-transposed", which is a very rare mounting error coming from T. Enami's studio. The pictures should actually be switched left-for-right for correct viewing in a stereoscope. You can free-view it by the cross-eyed method, or just enjoy either half as a beautiful and simple composition taken in the early morning hours in the mountains of Chuzen-ji, Japan. It's a fine work of "stereo art" if ever there was one.






Stereo-Photo by T. Enami of Yokohama, circa 1905-07 (or possibly earlier). Hand-colored, gelatin silver print(s).



For more on the photographer T. ENAMI see :


For the MOTHER LODE of T. Enami photographs here on the Web --- all CC rated for your creative use --- see this Flickr collection :










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Taken on March 5, 2012