Pendle man’s 3D photos invention

3D photo inventor Jon Mitton.'Photo Ben Parsons
3D photo inventor Jon Mitton.'Photo Ben Parsons
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artistry specialist Jon Mitton from Pendle has invented an amazing new way of creating 3D photographs.

And he is selling the machinery he came up with to photographers across the world. It could result in 3D pictures becoming the norm!

WORLD PREMIERE: Jon Mitton's Mitton LR1 machine which gets a camera to take 3D shots. (S)

WORLD PREMIERE: Jon Mitton's Mitton LR1 machine which gets a camera to take 3D shots. (S)

Jon (47) has a Master of Arts degree with distinction from the Royal College of Art. A professional artist, he was brought up here in Pendle.

He attended Colne Park High School and studied fine art at Burnley College. After that, he studied at Liverpool Polytechnic, then the Royal College of Art.

At Liverpool, he took a fine art degree and got involved with sculpture. A lecturer at the college encouraged people to take interest in holography - creating 3D holograms.

“I introduced holograms into my sculptures,” Jon explained. “The lecturer went off to the Royal College of Art and asked me to apply for a place there. I didn’t actually apply but they were contacting me.

“They encouraged me to go and I went for an interview with Professor John Hedgecoe, the second-in-command at the Royal College.”

After gaining a BA at Liverpool he achieved his MA at the Royal College.

He lived on the South West coast of Ireland for 12 years before moving to Gisburn Road, Blacko.

It was when he was in Ireland that he came up with the new 3D system, the Mitton LR1, which makes photographs amazing.

Through a friend, the idea of creating a 3D photographic system came up, and Jon spent a couple of months working on the idea, but didn’t come up with anything definite. “I got really depressed” he said. “But about a week later at around 2am in the morning I woke up and cobbled together the new 3D version. I made one in wood.”

But he then went to an engineering firm in Cork, MAAS Engineering, and they have created a metal version which is now on sale. But Jon said: “I’m going to bring production over to the United Kingdom. You put the camera on it and wind it across, and it triggers shots as it moves. Each picture has up to 20 frames on it. A standard printer can then print it on photo paper and it is covered with plastic material which makes it 3D.”

And Jon said: “I feel it is going to become 3D for everyone in the world in the future. I have sold my new machine to artists, individuals and companies across the world, including Hong Kong and the United States.”

It is possible that, if you use red and green 3D spectacles, you should be able to see his pictures in 3D form in the paper and on web.

Jon took part in the Art and Vintage Market in Nelson last month and his 3D pictures, particularly his nature scenes, really impressed people.

You can print his version of 3D pictures off with just two frames which allows you to use 3D spectacles to see it in shape.

He is also selling his pictures on lots of markets, and they are available at Lomas Office Interiors in Blackburn. And a Burnley gallery is interested.

And Jon added: “I am working on the idea of an exhibition of 3D portraits to celebrate cultural diversity of the local area.

“I am looking for applications from ordinary folk that would like to be part of that exhibition and photographed in 3D as a visual document to be donated to Pendle Council. As well as applying for art council funding, I am also looking for any companies in the area that would consider funding this.”

You call him on 612067 or visit