This online gallery exists for the purpose of showcasing the timeless and ethereal beauty of the antique glass lantern slide format. These small, transparent photographs serve as a literal window into past lives and cultures from all around the world.
As true photographic positive prints produced on glass, these slides present scenes that are not merely flat and static in nature, as the smooth surface of the glass allows reproduced images to retain the extent of their original depth, clarity and detail. Illuminated by back light through the transparent glass, these photographs exude a living presence and glow not common to traditional paper prints.
Devotion to the glass lantern slide medium has proved rewarding in more ways than one. Not only do these images inspire the soul through visual appeal, the exercise of collecting glass slides has been found to be perhaps the most meditative and efficient method for educating oneself in the widest range of subject matters from throughout world history and the natural earth. The discoveries to be made seems virtually limitless.
These little glass slides have introduced me to bygone ways of life and wonders of nature that I would have otherwise never known. The intent of this archive is simply to extend this inspirational and educational experience to others who desire to be moved by the diverse and vast beauty of God's creation. It is my hope that you find this gallery of antique photographic (and illustrative) images to be a sanctuary of peace and inspiration in this noisy and cluttered world. Thank you.
- Kyle Fosburgh