As I mentioned in a previous post (click), for the 170 years of Art & Design event I’ll be using Photoshop to alter images and make them look like they’re being projected by a ‘Magic Lantern’. In order to find out more, I did some research on the subject..
Magic lanterns, provided one of the most popular forms of entertainment during 18th and 19th century, establishing many of the first 2-D special effects. They are a part of the marvellous world of optical projection and stand alongside the Camera Obscura, Shadow Shows and the Magic Mirror. Using an artificial light source and a combination of lenses, these devices enlarged small transparency images or miniature models and projected them onto a wall or screen.
I also had a chance to see a real Magic Lantern as pictured above which is stored at the university.
I especially like the mysterious, unclear, ghostly look the very early projected images have. The monochrome as well as sepia tints along with blurred edges give off a feeling of nostalgia and show the old-style sophistication. I find the authentic look very artistic and pleasing to the eye.
The slides were frequently tinted with transparent colours to enhance the effect on the screen or even hand coloured as seen above.