(animated stereo) Maiko meeting in Meiji-era japan

The purpose here is not to duplicate the original image, from Okinawa Soba's stream, but to generate an animated gif to assist viewing. Unfortunately, animation is not automatic - to animate you must view the image at original resolution (click all sizes) or simply scroll down.


Okinawa Soba posted several CC licensed stereoimages by T. Enami documenting life in early 20th century Japan (the Meiji period). The original hand tinted image (circa 1898), presented for parallel viewing and showing two Maiko meeting at the gate is one of many stunning stereo compositions. Note how well the tinting is done - there is very little variation in hue from image to image. This animated gif version exploits motion parallax to give a stereo illusion without eyestrain, to see what the photographer envisioned.


Animated gif generated with StereoPhotoMaker, a freeware program by Masuji Suto & David Sykes


creative commons attribution of Okinawa Soba's original image:

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

  • Thiophene_Guy 6y

    (animated stereo) Maiko meeting in Meiji-era japan
  • Okinawa Soba (Rob) 6y

    OMG. First time to see this as a gif animation. The color matching is far more accurate than I imagined it. In fact, I am amazed ! I expected a bit more obvious variance between the two red-and-yellow flying-bird OBI on the back of the Maiko standing on the right.

    To the contrary, variance is almost imperceptible ! Even the two-color dissolve from top to bottom of her kimono is amazingly well matched. as for the Kimono and Obi on the other Maiko in Violet, the color matching is equally well attended to.

    My highest praise for the colorists of T. Enami's studio ! Unfortunately, seeing this gem of a stereoview as a gif animation, I am, more than ever, now painfully acquainted with the scuffs, scratches, and spotting of the past century, and wished I had cleaned it all up before posting here on flickr.

    Thanks again for posting such interesting and instructive animations.
  • @BSmile 6y

    Well done!
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