One of my favorite little things when I was a kid was a View-Master. That little red wonder that allowed you to view miniature worlds and your favorite Disney characters like they were actually living inside the viewer. You could go on amazing adventures or see places that you never hoped to see in person. Not that you could spend a ton of time there, as the journey only lasted for 14 images, but that was a perfect complement to my short attention span.
I would have never imagined at the time that entire movies could be viewed in 3D. Last week, on New Year’s Eve, Philippe and I finally went to see the new Star Wars movie (in 3D, of course!) and my inner child almost passed out. This was the franchise of my youth, barring the three super boring and weird movies that came out after the originals. It was amazing to see the characters I had every action figure of on screen again. Granted they had gotten a lot older, which also made me feel older. Though I still have slightly less gray hair than Chewbacca and no where near the level of Han Solo yet.
I’m still fascinated by the original View-Masters to this day though. With all the technological advancements, being able to view 3D stories on something that doesn’t even require electricity is just super cool. And pausing to explore a single frame of three-dimensional goodness is an amazing form of storytelling. Rather than rush through and wait for the next big explosion, you get to explore every nook and cranny that exists. I never needed 3D for this actually, as I was always equally enamored with picture books. Still am, come to think of it.
Today was my first day back at work, so this doodlewash was fast and furious and I’m a bit late posting because I realized I hadn’t written anything yet. I hope everyone who went back to work today had a rather peaceful day and it wasn’t too stressful. Re-entry is tough! But if you need a way to unwind, then grab a glass of your favorite beverage and a View-Master. There’s usually never images of an office, so you’ll be astounded and suitably transported to somewhere far more magical. Particularly if your favorite beverage is wine.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Sap Green, Dioxazine Purple, and Neutral Tint for the viewer. Nearly every color in my palette for the little cells in the View-Master, but many bits of Cobalt Teal to evoke scenes with a sky. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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