What’s happening in the Print Lab this summer? Anaglyphs!
Anaglyphs are two-dimensional images that have the appearance of three dimensions when viewed through filtered lenses. For this project, the lenses were old fashioned cardboard frames filled with red and cyan film.
To create the illusion of three dimensions, images are printed first in red, then overprinted in blue. When the blue elements of the image shift to the right, that image appears to be in front of the picture plane. When shifted to the left, that part of the image recedes. If the blue is printed directly on top of the red, that element remains on the picture plane. The final print is seen through the glasses with the red filter over the left eye, cyan over the right.
The trick is to mix the colors so that when dry, they vanish when viewed through the corresponding color lens. This means mixing and testing colors while wearing the anaglyph glasses, a dizzying experience. Viewing all the prints through red and cyan lenses is good queasy fun as elements appear to advance right off of the paper or recede into the distance.