Rachel and Stephanie from BID St Andrews were involved in organising the St Andrews Photography Festival that’s on just now. They wanted ten custom made plywood boxes to contain stereograph cards and viewers to see the 3D images.
Each box would have a different theme or feature work of different photographers. They would be positioned in different venues around the town.
A cardboard prototype
Stephanie sent me a sketch of a simple box with a side compartment. Although they were to be made from 5mm plywood, she asked if I could made a cardboard prototype. She wanted to check they’d got the dimensions right before going into production. A wise move!
I had some 5mm thick cardboard from leftover packaging and it did the trick perfectly. Stephanie realised that the box needed to be deeper to accommodate the viewer. The thickness of the front and back of the box meant that the interior depth was too short. Just as well we checked at this stage!
A plywood prototype
Rachel then asked if I could make one box from 5mm ply. While the dimensions were perfect this time, she decided that the height of the box divider should be lower than the box sides. This would make it easier to extract the stereograph cards.
Rachel also realised that the text of the logo on the lid was not correct. There was an anomaly in the artwork when I’d imported it into my software and Rachel spotted the error.
I modified the artwork, and Rachel gave the go ahead for production. Rachel assembled the boxes and added the stereograph cards, viewers and information about the contents to each one.
Stereo box exhibition locations
On display at BlackHorn is the work of astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth, documenting his expedition to the volcanic slopes of Teneriffe.
The Saint is home to the stereo box exhibition of Thomas Roger’s Views of St Andrews. He was one of the first professional photographers in the town.
Topping & Co are hosting the George Washington Wilson stereo box. He was one of the most famous stereo photographers.