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Using the Owl 3-D viewer supplied with this book, the reader is absorbed profoundly into a village idyll of the early Victorian era: the subjects seem to be on the point of suddenly bursting back into life and continuing with their daily rounds.
Pages: 240Size [mm]: 245 x 325 x 41Publication date: 22nd December 2009
The book is also something of a detective story, as the village itself was only identified in 2003 as Hinton Waldrist in Oxfordshire, and the authors' research constantly reveals further clues about the society of those distant times, historic photographic techniques, and the life of the enigmatic Williams himself, who appears, Hitchcock-like, from time to time in his own photographs. The product of more than 30 years research, the mixture of social, photographic and biographical detail is handled with admirable lightness of touch, belying the depths of scholarship which underpin this ambitious enterprise.
A Village Lost and Found is an incredible treasure. From the descriptive narrative and background through the pages of pictures - both old and new - I find myself transported to a different time and place. The detail that is visible when viewing in 3-D is fantastic and unexpected, and I can get lost in a picture for many minutes at a time exploring all there is to see. I was unfamiliar with stereoscopic photography prior to purchasing this book, and have since purchased two more. The way the pictures come to life through the OWL viewer is extraordinary, and the technique described of "free-viewing" without the OWL is surprisingly not overly difficult to accomplish. A truly remarkable and engaging work, and highly recommended.
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