Last Monday, during our English session with first year students, you had the opportunity to see a beautiful stereoscope and a collection of photographs of majorca from the early 1900’s. A History teacher from the Ramon LLull, Gabriel Alomar, lent us a beautiful stereoscope and a collection of stereographs* from Mallorca and you could have a close look at this witty invention that is more than a hundred years old.
Useful language to describe it:
- It is a gadget/ device/invention/machine
- It is called…
- It is made of… Materials: wood, metal iron, glass
- It is … size, shape, features…. portable/small/fragile/
- It consists of a … handle, mask, sliding stand…
- It is composed/ it is made of
- It is used for… -ing
If you are interested in finding more information about the origins of stereoscopes and stereographs, check this site.
*Stereographs consist of two photographs positioned side by side about two and half inches apart, one for the left eye and one for the right. When a viewer uses astereoscope, a device for viewing stereographs, these two flat images are combined into a single image that gives the illusion of depth.
Homework: 8th December .
Think of another witty device and define it. Use the description of stereoscope we did in class as as a model. Check the useful language that appears in this post (in blue) and copy it in your notebook next to your definition.
Post your definition to the blog and copy it in your notebook. You can add a photo or a drawing of your device. There is no need to search a lot. There are plenty of witty inventions around us.
As a follow up of this activity, today we are going to see a col.ection of photographs by a famous French photographer, Jacques Henry Lartigue. He also experimented with stereographs and stereoscopes and some of the photographs exhibited in Caixa Forum are from the same period as the ones you saw in class. However, the topics, the environment and the society portrayed in Lartigue’s photos are very different.
As usual, when we go on an outing, you will have to carry out a task during the outing and then, do some activity on line to complete and fix the information you gathered during the visit.
In the exhibition, you will be able to watch sterographs from the early 1900’s. Last Tuesday, you also had the opportunity to talk with the author of the Mallorca Daily Photoblog who gave you his opinion on photography. I hope you will enjoy this outing and I’m sure it will give you a new perspective to look at the world around you.