Person touching the hand of a mime artist hologram
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HOLO-PORTRAIT

Portraiture has been one of the most popular art-forms over the centuries, however until holograms were invented, portraits were nearly always flat and two dimensional.  The advent of very powerful lasers has made 3D portraits possible for the first time.  Now kings and queens, pop stars and even your average person can have a 3D Portrait taken, provided they have the funds available, as portrait holography demands the highest specification of equipment. To produce the hologram of the staff of the Camera Obscura the artist borrowed a £100,000 laser from Heriot Watt University.  This was the first hologram group portrait ever taken in Scotland. Staff Holo-Portrait
Boy George Holo-Portrait   Other holograms in the portrait gallery include an animation of a gold miner endlessly panning for gold, a portrait of a lady called 'The Scream' (just watch her shatter the glass she is contained in), Pierrot (a mime artist), and a remarkable self portrait by the holographer Edwina Orr in which she captures herself in a glass orb.  We also have a portrait of Boy George, when he was a bit slimmer than he is now!
One of the most striking portraits in the collection is 'Sophie' by the acclaimed British artist Margaret Benyon.  It combines gouache painting and holography in a unique way, lending subtle colour and texture to the holographic image. In another work by Margaret her self portrait she becomes a tiger! 'Sophie' Holo-Portrait
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  What visitors thought
  I loved the 3D pictures especially the one of Boy George - it was like he was there!
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Enjoyed the different types of illusions especially the 3D pictures.
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The holograms were great and everything interactive was brilliant especially for "Big Kids". We went out that evening and recommended it to everyone we were with who seemed sold on going.
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