About the name
They say that the Mayas had a particular taste in beauty -- flat foreheads and crossed eyes. So they tied boards over their babies' heads to flatten the skull before it gets hard, and they hung a bead between the baby's eyes to make them cross-eyed, supposedly because being cross-eyed gave them better peripheral vision.
The name "Cross-Eyed Beauties" is actually a pun. My Second Life® avatar, which is the main subject of my stereoscopy images, is not really cross-eyed, although she is a beauty. The "Beauties" in the name actually refers to the photos themselves, and the "Cross-Eyed" is the technique used to view them in stereo. But with the photo on the right, where my avatar *is* cross-eyed, the name becomes a double entendre.
About Opal / Lea / Eleanor
Opal Lei is a Second Life persona, created and animated by the real-life Eleanor (Lea) Tesoro, who is a techie, writer, artist, businesswoman, and much more... all rolled into one.
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How I got started
It was a stereo pair created by Sascha Becher in Flickr that got me hooked. I don't even remember how I found it, just that I was browsing through people's photos in Flickr. I read everything I could find out about stereoscopy techniques from the masters in Flickr, then I followed the links they pointed to.
Sascha's framing fascinated me and I saw how a good frame improves the illusion of depth. So I played with stereo-framing using Bernd Paksa's Stereomasken and received wonderful feedback from the stereo community in Flickr.
As I continued to do more stereo images, I've improved on my process and tried new things with framing to a point where the frame itself becomes a more tangible part of the art.