The Preston Historical Society held the first meeting of the season on Monday 1st October. The guest speaker was Stephen Sartin who is curator of art for the Lancashire County Museum Service and worked for many years at the Harris Art Gallery. He has also written several excellent books on the history of Preston.
Stephen’s presentation for the evening was entitled ‘Historic Views of Preston: a New Perspective’, a most interesting talk of antique images of Preston of both photographs captured by Preston’s well known photographers and artists of many years ago. Stephen has been using a technique of ‘image transformation’ in which an image, from a photograph or drawing with a certain perspective of view that has been captured from a sideways angle, can be transformed by computer graphic manipulation into a view which would be similar to looking at the image directly at the front elevation. This affords the image a completely new perspective and can reveal a great deal more detail than would normally be seen by the viewer.