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    Major Matt Mason inside a space station adjusting laser beams with Wheelie Bot. Original Photograph: John Orcutt. Photo montage: Cam Held

    Major Matt Mason inside a space station adjusting laser beams with Wheelie Bot.
    Original Photograph: John Orcutt. Photo montage: Cam Held

    New Exhibit : Major Mason in Space,  Adventure of a 1960′s Mattel Action Figure

    This Summer we are pleased to feature an new exhibit of Major Matt Mason inspired photographs!  The exhibit, Major Mason in Space, Adventure of a 1960′s Mattel Action Figure, features images taken during the late 1960′s, amid the heyday of the NASA space exploration program. Mattel action space figure Major Matt Mason and his four companions, Sargent Storm, Ben Long, civilian astronaut Doug Davis, and Callisto the Jovian (from Jupiter) were photographed over 50 years ago by John Orcutt. Using current digital technology, these classic action figures have been superimposed into landscapes made from modern day imagery from the Hubbell Telescope and other space photography – creating incredible fantasy space action scenes. Cam Held was the master of the digital creations. The crew of spacemen are depicted in a variety of non-violent missions, adventures and discovery.  If you are a NASA fan, a Mattel action figure fan, a fan of outer space or just someone who loves a beautiful, fantasy photograph, this exhibit is a must see! The exhibit opens during the Kingfield Pops Artwalk on June 26 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will remain through August.

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    03-16-IOM-Dam at Aziscohos

    Constructed to create a storage basin on the Maggalloway River in western Maine, Aziscohos Dam was completed in 1911.  When it was built, it was one of the largest storage reservoirs in the country, and with other dams in the region, it is part of one of the largest water storage systems in New England.  The lake formed by the dam at Aziscohos is a headwater and one of the major tributaries to the Androscoggin River.

    Details of the small buildings above the retention structure with their arches and brackets caught my attention, as I drove past the dam during a mid-winter snowstorm.   Streaks made by falling snowflakes add a pencil-like texture to the dark areas of the large arch openings, and I felt the linear bridge, arriving from the left side of the frame, strengthened the composition.

    Hasselblad H3D, HC 50-110mm zoom lens at 110mm,1/8sec @ f16, ISO 50, manual focus, spot metered, tripod mounted