maandag 23 november 2009
This final picture in Christian Olivier Formlenti myodiscs
illustrates that the sky was the limit during this photo shoot.
My note of adieu is a quote from the late master piper and
story teller Seámus Ennis from Finglas, North county Dublin:
"It was grand party, the best that ever was. On the eleventh
morning it was just as strong - and getting better - than it was
when it started. But then I had to go home to my family".
For the afficionados, the Ennis quote is from his epic story
"Feidhlim Tonn Ri's castle". I told this wonderful story (mind
you, in Dutch) to my daughter Daphne when she was five.
P.S. The weight of the glasses is 70 grams, they are the second
heaviest spectacles in my collection. I suspect that this is about
twice the weight of the giant hat.
Unless Carla does some research about the weight of her hat,
the answer will never be revealed.
Pensive mood.... what's heavier on my head, the hat or the glasses?
The answer is revealed in the notes with the next and final photo.
A word of thanks to Marian for her suggestion that Carla might be
interested in a photo shoot with the glasses in my collection.
Marian attended the entire photo shoot and gave invisible but
valuable help and advice.
Another fine picture of Carla in Christian Olivier
myodiscs. There is some effect of shade, caused
by the the Rx of the glasses, but none of the special
effects often present in lenticular glasses. The carrier
lens here is accentuated to add beauty to what must
have been a very expensive pair of glasses.
Carla in Christian Olivier glasses, Formlenti myodisc.
The choice of the Formlenti must have been made for
esthetical reasons. High index lenses were available
when these glasses were made. Many high myopes are
reluctant to give myodiscs a try. In these top designer
glasses the carrier lens adds to the feel of daring luxury.
zondag 22 november 2009
"Let me tell you the tale
of your small crystal veil
whenever you think you look tragic
Shop windows, a frame
and your eyes play the game
Well, to me it just adds to your magic"
(lyrics in the chorus of the title track on my solo CD
"Crystal Veil", released in 2007. I wrote the song to
honour all GWG's in the world. Anyone interested in
a copy of this CD can contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
A beautiful picture of Carla in the "red heart" series
featuring 1980's lenticular glasses, Rx -12. Note the
shades, caused by the strong Rx of the bowl and also
by the left arm of the glasses. The abrupt horizontal
demarcation line at the side of the left eye is another
characteristic effect of lenticular glasses.
Another fine portrait of Carla in lenticular glasses.
I rarely choose this angle in my photo shoots.
Here it is used to show what the bowl looks like
when seen from above. The carrier lens fills the
bottom centimeter in the lenses of this high frame.
Generally speaking, I prefer angles in which the
model's chin comes out a bit stronger, providing
some balance with the glasses.
Carla in lenticular glasses, Rx -12. Their lenses
create many special effects. Imagine the vividness
of these glasses when used in everyday life!
Lenticular glasses are very rarely seen in the streets.
I remember seeing a middle aged lady in Austria
wearing them, some twenty years ago. The effect of
her lenticular glasses was beautiful and fascinating.
Carla in lenticular glasses. There are no power
rings and the lenses are not thicker than the big
1980's frame. This makes lenticulars a flattering
alternative for high index lenses. The lady that
once bought these glasses must have made a
deliberate choice for lenticulars. The Rx is -12
and there was no need for the use of these very
expensive and complicated lenses.
Another lovely portrait of Carla in lenticular glasses.
Note the difference between the lenses. The right
lens does not give the impression of any Rx at all.
In the left lens, the bowl and the transition zone are
clearly visible. The carrier lens gives the impression
The frame of these 1980's lenticular glasses is high
and the small corrective bowl does not cover the
low part of the lenses. The transition zone is between
the bowl and the carrier part of the lens is clearly
visible from this angle.
The same glasses are modeled to great effect in my
photo shoot with Nel, whose own Rx is only one or
two diopters weaker than the Rx of these lenticular
Another lovely portrait of Carla in Flair lenticular
glasses. Compared with the previous pictures, the
head of the model is directed slightly downward.
The bowl in the right lens is more prominent but
esthetically, the overall effect is more favourable.
The first owner must have favoured lenticulars over
the three alternatives available in the early 1990's:
high index lenses, Kreislenti and Formlenti myodiscs.
Another beautiful and very natural portrait of Carla
in Flair lenticular glasses. This picture was taken
from the same angle as the previous photo. The only
difference is that the model looks in the direction of the
photographer. The Rx -14 lenses create a different
image of Carla's eyes - especially the left eye - than in
the previous portrait.
Another portrait of Carla in the Flair lenticular glasses,
showing the special effect of the transition between
the Rx -14.00 central part of the lens and the slightly
positive outer part of the lens. In the right lens the effect
is not unlike the image produced by the Kreislenti and
Formlenti myodisc. The bowl can be easlily recognized.
In the left lens however, the bowl is invisible and the
transition zone between bowl and carrier lens plays its
tricks with the model's make up.
Lenticular glasses have a gradual transition
between the central part of the lens in the high Rx
required and the plano or weak positive carrier lens.
This is an beautiful solution, but it can also lead to
surprising distortions as shown in this photo and
the previous portrait.
Recently, I bought these modern myodisc glasses
from Stephan and Sandra, a German couple from
the Augsburg area. Rx of the glasses is -21.00.
Stephan and Sandra have done several great art
projects in which high myopia is the main theme.
Over the last few years, "Spexy" Sandra appeared
on the internet in at least a thousand myodisc glasses.
The work of Stephan and Sandra was another source
of inspiration for my photo shoots and this weblog.
A striking portrait of Carla in late 1950's fashion.
Seen from this angle, there is a cat eye aspect in
the frame of these myodisc glasses.
In the 1980's, long after myodiscs had disappeared
from the streets of Amsterdam, I bought these glasses
at the Waterlooplein flea market. Callers to the house
invariably grab for these glasses when they see my
collection. On one occasion, my then lady friend picked
out these glasses, put them on and then asked,
"would you still love me if I'd have to wear these?"
Another splendid portrait of Carla in late 1950's
myodisc glasses. I clearly remember seeing women
in cat eye myodisc glasses in the late 1950's. The
contrast between the circular bowl and the shape of
the cat eye frames was quite obvious. Unlike the more
recent lenticular glasses, there is no disturbance in
the symmetry between the eyes in myodisc glasses
of the "Kreislenti" type.
Another nostalgic but lovely portrait of Carla in
late 1950's myodisc glasses. The "double image"
of the left eye is caused by the abrupt transition from
the Rx -17.00 bowl into the plano carrier glass. There
were no alternatives for these myodiscs until the 1970's.
Carla in late 1950's myodisc glasses, Rx -17.00.
From this angle, the circular bowl in the lenses
is playing tricks with the make up, creating the
"double image" I remember seeing in the streets
of Amsterdam in my childhood. The nameless frame
of these glasses was quite popular in the late 1950's.
Extreme glasses.... but what a lovely portrait!
As a child in 1950's Amsterdam, I remember seeing
women in myodisc glasses of the type modeled here
by Carla. Contact lenses were still in their infancy and
not widely available. The myodiscs of the time were
invariably of the "Kreislenti" type, with a circular bowl
of the high Rx required. There was no transition into
the plano carrier lens in which the bowl was embedded.
Men and women were wearing "glasses within glasses".