Déplacement is a series of 3D photographic slides made from cinematic camera movements: traveling shots, pans and the lateral displacement of objects within a fixed frame. It was published in a special issue on 3D in the review 1895.
The images are based on two simple observations. Stereoscopic images made for the Holmes stereoscope, the lightweight and inexpensive viewer that historically created the conditions for the first mass media, present two slightly different views of the same subject, the space separating them equal to the average distance between human eyes. Secondly, horizontal camera movements in film constitute a regular succession of laterally distributed points of view projected onto the same plane.
To create this work, the operation consisted of a simple displacement from one technical device to another. Two consecutive film stills were extracted from the vertical succession of film frames representing a continuous movement, printed and placed side by side on a 3D card. As with Translation made at roughly the same time, a subtle shift in perception is produced, binocular disparity revealing a latent image and depth effect secretly tucked away in the filmic material.
Stereo cards with silver gelatin prints, 18cm x 9cm
- Hors-série Le relief au cinéma, a special edition of the review 1895, Revue d’Histoire du Cinéma, directed by Thierry Lefebvre and Philippe-Alain Michaud, Association Française de Recherche sur l'Histoire du Cinéma, 1997