|3D glasses and one of Robert Hottot's photographs|
1918.104.22.168 © Pitt Rivers Museum
In the Pitt Rivers, one of the activities that families could take part in was making their own 3D glasses. This was inspired by one of our photographic collections, showcasing the work of French explorer Robert Hottot. Hottot travelled to various places in the world, including Africa, which he visited three times. One of these trips was to the Congo and the Museum now hold Hottot's collection of stereographic images from this trip. For the duration of his visit in the Congo, Hottot documented the journey through many stereographic images. These photographs can be viewed through a stereoscope and consist of two photographs that when viewed through the stereoscope make a 3D image. The photographs give a sense of Hottot and his desire to relive his memories, bringing them to life again through these photographs. During the event families could also look at a collection of photographs that were not from the Hottot collection through a real stereoscope to get the sense of what it was like to view these photographs with the original tool.
The Museum has transformed these photographs into 3D images. If you would like to view these photographs in 3D you can find them here: http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/congojourney/matadi-houses-port-congo.htm
Don't forget to wear your 3D glasses!
Families Education Officer