Photographer Roland Miller has been taking photographies of America’s early space launch and research facilities, many that doesn’t exist anymore. He’s making a photography book, called Abandoned in Place, with University of New Mexico Press, and the crowdfunding campaign is meant to offload some costs.
Aside from some spectacular photos of a long lost time, the book also contains poetry by Ray Bradbury, aerospace journalist Craig Covault, retired NASA astronaut colonel Pamela Melroy, and more.
The project serves not only as a documentary body of work, but also as an artistic interpretation of these historic sites. The blockhouses, launch towers, tunnels, test stands, and control rooms featured in Abandoned In Place are rapidly giving way to the elements and demolition. By my estimates, fully half of the facilities I have photographed no longer exist. The costs involved in restoring, maintaining, and securing these sites are enormous. Most of these historic facilities are located on secure military or NASA facilities, which drastically limits access by the public. Therefore, photography is the only practical method to preserve and portray these historic locations.
You’ll obviously want the book in your perk, but then the sky’s the limit.
Favorite perk ($100)
Pledge $100 or more. Limit 50 backers. Receive a signed copy of the book and a signed 8.5×11“ archival pigment print of “Lunar Module, NASA Kennedy Space Center”, from the Abandoned in Place series printed on archival Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta paper. See images at left.