Since the beginning, work of photography and film that were created stereoptically, or “in 3D,” were considered subcategories of these two established art forms, and rightly so.
These 3D photographs usually depicted monumental and exotic settings, and were highly effective and popular. For the most part, they served to represent reality as accurately as possible within the confines of their parent media. The 3D movies usually depicted adventure and excitement, highlighting the 3D aspect, but they were typically 2D movies made in 3D.
However, with the recent arrival of the digital era, photos and movies can be created electronically, making it possible to create, sculpt, and manipulate them in ways that were previously unavailable.
Having worked in 3D for many years, I embraced (and prefer) the new digital methods of creating photography and film. It was only recently that I began composing with these electronic stereoptical stills and video.
I use the word “composing” because the methods and nomenclature employed in the composition of music were utilized in creating, or “composing” these stereoscoptic compositions. This shift to music-like composing allows for the creation of 3D Art-work that is experienced more like music or dance, where impressions and ideas are experienced emotionally rather than as story-based narratives.
I therefore propose that “3D" is no longer a sub-genre but a stand-alone art form, and suggest that the stereographic community confer and consider a new designation or name that will inform the public and collectors that a new art form has occurred, and is available for presentation, collection and exhibition.
D. Carlton Bright
(Draft #04 August 1st , 2020)