Roland Miller is an professional photographer and photo educator, who was born in 1958 in Chicago. He received his BFA and MFA degrees in photography from Utah State Univesity. Miller has been photographing space exploration-related programs, facilities, and people for over 25 years. His new project “Abandoned In Place” is a photographic exploration of the American space launch and research facilities that played a crucial role in the early period of space exploration.
Roland was an Associate Professor of Photography at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida and at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. He recently accepted the position of Dean of the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts Division at the College of Lake County.
Miller’s work has been featured in Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine, Florida Today, Kodak’s Photo Educator International, and numerous other publications. Miller’s photographs are included in permanent collections including: the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the NASA Art Collection, and the Huntsville Museum of Fine Arts.
The facilities photographed in Abandoned In Place portray one of the most historic and technical adventures of the last century–from our first unmanned flights beyond the atmosphere to landing men on the moon. A sense of the urgency of the space race is evident in many of the images. Signs and labels in the images reflect the technology of the era. The structures depicted also recall the darker threat of nuclear war. Some of the images describe a future that could have been if the cold war had heated up. These launch complexes, engine test stands, and wind tunnels are the Bunker Hill and Gettysburg of the cold war. References to the Great Pyramids, Chichen Itza, Stonehenge, and other major archeological sites foreshadow the future of these modern ruins.
Abandoned in Place has been exhibited in museums around the country, including the Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama; the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center, Florida; the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, Kansas.