Released on 24th November 2022, Sebastian Cramer’s ‘Two Views On Plants’ is a beautiful anaglyph stereoscopic photo book, featuring plants on white and black backgrounds. The amazing fine details of the plants float out from the pages to produce a stunning visual effect. When anaglyphs are done well they look incredible in 3-D, and these certainly are.
From Sebastian Cramer:
The plant series reflects the transience of things and the endless cycle of life and death. Viewing the elaborate tangle of coloured, depth-mapped outlines and patterns of a rotten leaf with 3D glasses suddenly brings chaos back to order, revealing this unexpected secret beauty.
The series draws its inspiration from the striking ethereal beauty of Karl Blossfeldt’s early 20th century work, adding a new dimension to reduced graphic aesthetics of plant photography: depth. Slightly offset red-cyan coloured outlines and structures generate curiosity, but their stereoscopic secret will only be revealed with 3D glasses, allowing the observer to immerse in a new world of illusion.
The correlation between viewer and image becomes dynamic. Looking at the flat, graphically reduced image without glasses, is a more abstract and texture driven perception, while the 3D visualization allows us to feel the volume and dive into the image. Switching between two views rises to a new emotional relationship, loaded with tension, imagination and emotion.
The series Plants on black is a variation on the plant series, with a very high contrast on a black background.
With it’s iconic look it creates an own tension to the viewer.
Both plant series are combined in the book, „Two Views on plants“, as a white and a black edition.
To see Sebastian Cramer’s work, please visit his website.
From the Publishers:
The Third Dimension
3D technology is not uncommon—we encounter it in cinema and in the virtual reality of video games. But even though creating an optical illusion of spatial depth, where there is none, is one of the oldest techniques in photography, stereoscopy receives little attention in contemporary photography. Unjustly so, as Sebastian Cramer’s timelessly fascinating works show. It is a unique aesthetic experience that these seemingly alien plants in cyan and red have to offer, which—when viewed through the enclosed 3D glasses—unfold into voluminous photo- graphic sculptures. Two Views on Plants is a book about our visual perception of space that is fundamental to our human experience.
Two Views on Plants is a Tête-bêche book and comes with two 3D glasses.
SEBASTIAN CRAMER (*1962, Berlin) is a German director, cinematographer, and photographer. An acclaimed 3D expert, he has worked on several major film productions with directors like Wim Wenders and Michel Comte. He has received numerous awards for his artistic works and technical inventions. In 2013 Cramer began the Two Views project, a contemporary expression of traditional stereo photography.
Hatje Cantz publishers. Text(s) by Wim Wenders, Sebastian Cramer, Denis Pellerin, David Campany, Susanne S. Renner, Tanja M. Schuster, Stefan Dressler, Birgit Kanz, Christian Printzen, graphic design by Julia Wagner
2022. 192 pp., 130 ills.
29.00 x 30.50 cm
For details from the Publishers, including sample pages and to order from Germany, please visit this webpage.
Please note you can purchase the book from Amazon and there are some retailers on eBay.
For UK stockists, please visit this webpage and this webpage.
For another European stockist, please visit this webpage.
For a US stockist, please visit this webpage (although it says it’s not available there until next year).
For an Australian stockist, please visit this webpage (although it says it’s not available there until next year).
Please note the images of pages from the ‘Two Views on Plants’ book are reproduced with permission of publishers Hatje Cantz and are copyright of Sebastian Cramer.
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