Photographer brings his lenticular magic to Fairfield Museum

The Fairfield Museum and History Center will launch a new exhibit featuring the lenticular photography work of Miggs Burroughs. “Fairfield: Back & Forth” opens Dec. 19 and will run through Feb. 18.

To kick off the exhibit, Burroughs will be on hand to host a “Mad About the Fairfield Museum” event on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will feature a short talk by the Westport-based artist discussing his work and technique. Guests may have wine, egg nog and holiday refreshment while taking a sneak peak at the new exhibit. The event is free and open to the public.

Lenticular imagery is achieved by using a normal lens on the camera, but the optical plastic, which laminates the specially processed image and is also known as a “lens,” separates out the two images as the viewer walks by. Using this method, Burroughs has produced scenes of familiar Fairfield landmarks in their past and present forms, in essence allowing visitors to see the passage of time happen before their eyes.

“This exhibition provides another creative way to view the changing landscape within our community,” said Mike Jehle, museum executive director. “Miggs’ lenticular images are a fitting addition to the Museum as our mission is to use the power of history to inspire the imagination.”

Burroughs first began experimenting with lenticular imagery more than a decade ago, seeing it as a way to tell a meaningful story with just two images.

“After searching for a story-telling medium that was perfectly suited to my creative impulses and abilities, the lenticular process showed me the way,” he wrote in a recent blog post. “For me, the appeal of lenticular imagery is the emotional journeys it can evoke.”

Among the images featured in the new exhibit are “Firehouse, 1910-2012,” which shows the transformation of the Fairfield Hook and Ladder Co. to the current “Firehouse Deli, Fountain, 1910-2012,” which depicts the Southport Fountain over time, and “HiHo 2010, Day & Night,” showing the popular landmark in daylight and lit up against a dark sky.

These images have also been transformed into postcards, available at the Fairfield Museum Shop.

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