Photos go 3-D at Camden library

Jan 10, 2014
Photo by: Roger Richmond Three-dimensional macro photography by Roger Richmond offers a chance to get up close and personal with flora and fauna.

Camden — Roger Richmond of South Freeport will present his three-dimensional close-up photographs at the Camden Public Library Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., using two stereographic projectors and providing each member of the audience with 3-D glasses for viewing the photographs.

Richmond’s macro nature photographs are close-ups of insects and plant life and are simply eye-popping. All necessary equipment, from the specialized German Raumbiltecnik projector and silver lenticular screen to the 3-D polarized glasses, will be provided. The talk is part of the library’s Green Growing January series of speakers on environmental topics.

Richmond has been a 3-D photographer for more than 20 years and has given numerous three-dimensional slide presentations to public schools and organizations on art, architecture and design expression throughout New England and internationally. He now specializes in nature macro 3-D photography using a Meopta f32 multiple mirror lens mounted on an Raubiltechnik 109 stereo camera.

These stereographic photographic presentations are exciting, fun, visually stimulating, and very memorable. Viewers get the real feeling of “being there” and participating in a seemingly live moment.

“Because stereo images are spatial,” said Richmond, “they are processed in the brain and memory in a unique way that imprints the photographic content more as real-time events offering a truly unforgettable experience. Looking at the 3D images has been shown to cause an increase in brain serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter.”

Richmond’s presentation will be a three-dimensional look at the varied beauty of nature in the visual world normally beyond one's visual experience. The photographs for this most-frequently-asked-for program feature imagery from a typical New England back yard to exotic creatures, plants, and unique natural formations from all over the world. The show is suitable for all ages. From the patterns and textures in a decaying leaf, to the skin of a lizard, a drop of water or the structure of a mushroom, nature’s diversity in structure, patterns, textures, and unbelievably vibrant colors and expressions abound in their uniqueness and elegance. Richmond also will offer samples from his architectural work in 3D.

Richmond is the national competition design winner of the Maine’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He also has won national design competitions in stained glass art and a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., proposed for Cambridge Square in Boston. He is a registered architect and holds a master of arts in architecture from the University of Florida. Richmond is a professor of architecture in the program he created at the University of Maine at Augusta.

He was the first architect commissioned by NASA in Houston to design zero and “artificial” gravity living environments on space stations and planetary fly-by missions. His work and research for NASA in Hostile Environmental Design continued at the University of Pennsylvania while working toward a Ph.D. and studying conceptual architectural design theory in the World Masters Class of Louis I. Kahn. He was named The Student’s Choice Teacher Of The Year in 2001. Professionally, he is a design consultant and partner in SpaceTherapy, a design/behavior based post-occupancy analysis firm.

(Photo by: Roger Richmond)
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