Photography & The Museum of the White Mountains

Yesterday I finally was able to get over to Plymouth State University’s Museum of the White Mountains to see their newest exhibition “Trail Clubs – Connecting People with the Mountains“. I’m excited about the show because it’s the first museum exhibit I’ve been included in. Several months ago Catherine Amidon, the museum director asked if I could create a panoramic photograph¬†from the summit of Mount Chocorua using their Gigapan equipment. If you’re not familiar with Gigapan it’s a process of using a motorized tripod head attached to a camera to produce high resolution files capable of printing massive prints. In this case we were looking to capture the summits that were sketched long ago by a member of the Chocorua Mountain Club. After spending a long cold February morning on Chocorua and a few hours editing the image we decided to see how close the sketch was to the photograph. The scanned sketch was overlaid on the photograph and¬†the accuracy of the hand sketch is amazing. So it was decided to include both the photograph and the sketch overlay in the display.

Gigapan photograph on the mountains west of Mount Chocorua.
My Gigapan photographs on display at the Museum of the White Mountains.

If you want to see how close the sketch is to the actual photograph you’ll have to visit the exhibition that will be on display until March 2016.

The other two facets of this exhibition are a short time lapse I created to illustrate the process of building a timber shelter, like the one scattered throughout the White Mountains. The video is on display next to the full size shelter built inside the museum, which will be disassembled and installed in northern NH at the end of the show. The last piece of I was involved with is a short video interview with John Nininger describing some of his connection with the White Mountains and how the shelter on display was created. (Video link). If you haven’t seen John’s work it’s really something to see, the joinery, the precision and level of craftsmanship is will worth seeing. The full size shelter was build at his shop in Vermont, disassembled and transported to Plymouth where a group of volunteers and John pieced together the shelter right in the museum.

That was a glimpse of what I was involved in, the show includes many more photos, old trail signs, pack boards from a time gone by as well as other items that turn back the clock on how we explored the White Mountains. If you have a chance to stop by Plymouth State University head uphill from downtown and go check out the show.

Joe

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