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MT. FUJI and SMALL SAILING CRAFT on a MIRROR LAKE | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
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MT. FUJI and SMALL SAILING CRAFT on a MIRROR LAKE

[Top] View number S - 569 from Enami's circa 1908 3-D Catalog. Not sure of the catalog number of the bottom variant from the same photo session. Both are beautiful "mountain and boat" compositions by the master stereographer.

 

NOTE ! 9 March 2010, I replaced the original post that showed only the TOP stereoview. The new post above now features same view + a variant B/W added underneath it. This not only shows changes in subject arrangement and printing values, but also some caption confusion over the years that it was printed --- the bottom (earlier) image calls this YAMANAKA LAKE, while the top green-mount version of the same-session variant calls the location KAWAGUCHI LAKE.

 

The KAWAGUCHI LAKE version is correct, showing that somebody gave Enami the "heads up" after selling out the erroneously captioned earlier edition. No doubt his studio staff (or the mount printers) originally made the YAMANAKA LAKE error without Enami's knowledge.

 

Considering it only took me almost two years to "up-grade" this post, I hope you find the addition of the b/w bottom variant of the small sailing skiff, and the interesting caption-at-odds-with-itself worth the change.

 

Nice in either 2-D or 3-D, these variants were used by many. Yet a third variant appeared as a full page, highly retouched version in a NEW YORK TIMES Supplement in 1922 -- almost 25 years after Enami took it :

 

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2311917612/in/photostr...

 

A lantern-slide version is posted HERE : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3285796769/

 

Although Enami was a passionate 3-D photographer, his fully realized images like this (though selling in great numbers) were looked on as almost useless by the many Photo Agencies that wanted to market his work. Therefore, every book and magazine publisher, every lantern-slide maker, and every purveyor of picture postcards all went for the half-stereoview option. Depth was sacrificed in order to get an image four times larger on every page.

 

Enami considered all of these things, and tried to take effective compositions that would work well in either situation -- he simply had an artistic knack for getting great 3-D that would not lose pictorial beauty when flattened out.

 

It should also be kept in mind that Enami had a growing clientele for his beautiful lantern-slides, and 2-D considerations weighed in heavily there as well. Since it is said that only about 4 % in any group can free-view 3-D such as above, I have gone the way of most of the old-time publishers, and posted most of Enami's stuff as regular 2-D images on flickr.

 

If you are a free-viewer, jump to the JAPAN STEREOVIEWS set to the right, and for any picture you want to see effectively, hit the "ALL SIZES" button over the view, then back off from your monitor until you hit the best viewing distance. If that is too big, just stick with the easy to view smaller sizes as above.

 

www.t-enami.org/

 

 

SEE MORE OF ENAMI'S CLASSIC IMAGES IN THIS FLICKr COLLECTION : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...

 

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RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/

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Taken on May 22, 2008