Wales, Holograms, and The Prisoner


Hard to believe it was all the way back in October when I wrote about the upcoming (at the time) 7th International Symposium on Display Holography in Wales, UK. Amazingly, I did manage to make it there, as my wife and I used it as a great excuse to take a vacation in Ireland and Wales. As I haven't been in the hologram business for many years, I didn't sign up to attend the conference. But we did drop in for the fabulous art opening at Bodelwyddan Castle, and it was great to see all my old friends and some "old friend" holograms I hadn't seen in many years either. In the finest tradition of this event, a somewhat raucous party followed, hosted by Mark Diamond in his cavernous hotel room. Someone handed out hologram eye glasses to everyone, resulting in a rather amusing picture (and yes, my wife and I are in there if you can spot us!):

holo party in Wales

The gentleman in the front right with the brown sports coat and beard is Jonathan Ross, the leading collector of hologram art who provided many of the works for the exhibition. For more info and pics of the conference, Pearl John provided a great blog of the event. (I got the above photo from her blog -- thanks Pearl!)

There were many other highlights of our trip, but I was particularly enthralled with my visit to the actual home of The Prisoner! Perhaps you were a fan of the cult TV classic of the late 60's -- I know I was. One of the most unique things about the show was the magical setting in the "Village," and I always wondered where it was. Imagine my surprise when I was leafing through the Wales tourist book and saw that the show was filmed in Wales in the village of Portmeirion. I had to go (and dragged my wife of course), and she was kind enough to snap a few photos to record the memorable event.

So here I am in The Village! It was pretty surreal being there -- if you were a fan of the show, you'll know what I mean.

Portmerion, Wales, UK

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