The Sanctuary Gallery of the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., will open a new exhibit Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. featuring the anaglyphs of John Root.

Root will show a selection of his remarkable 3D images in the theater of the education section of the church building; entrance is through the church office door at the upper level parking lot. Following the slide show, a reception will be held in the gallery, where six prints from his slides will be featured.

Root began taking 3D pictures seven years ago after watching the movie “Spy Kids” with his children and thinking, “I can do that.”

“I made a lot of mistakes at first,” he said, but after joining an online anaglyph club, Root rose to the challenge this new hobby posed and has enjoyed every moment since then. He quickly bought a second camera and mounted the two on a staging board. Shooting two cameras simultaneously often created a split second difference in accuracy which affected the 3D image, so Root soon rigged up an automatic device eliminating that problem. His enthusiasm for 3D imaging has taken him to many new locations throughout Maine.

“I never traveled much before, but people tell me about scenic shots and off I go,” he said.

Root’s newest challenge is to get a color print that is true in color and accurate in the 3D depiction. Attendees to Root’s slide show will be provided 3D glasses that they may keep.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to