Description A portrait of the original 'crash test dummies,' no kidding. These anthropomorphic mannequins are in storage at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM. I am the exhibit designer and photographer for the museum. these 'dummies' were used in the '50s and '60s to test rocket sled and jet aircraft restraint and ejection systems. Rumor has it that one of them also crash landed in Roswell, NM, in 1946 when a high altitude balloon went off course and crashed-thus setting off all kinds of UFO mania. (It's NO rumor!) Photographed with a 4x5 view camera the details are amazing.
Ron Keller, Alamogordo Member Since April 2010 Artist Statement My 38th year making a living as an image maker, still love my job. US Navy Photographer from 1971-75, finished BA in Fine Art Photography, NMSU, 1981. Taught college level photography for a few years. Currently employed as a photographer and exhibit designer for the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM. Have been shooting weddings and fine art work since 1972. Works are in numerous private and public collections, museums etc.. Publications include Sunset, American Photo, Texas Monthly, the New American, New Mexico Magazine, New York Times, LA Times, Navy Times among others. I hope you enjoy the work. Thanks for looking! Support the arts! p.s. When I'm not out shooting photographs I fill in my free time raising my daughters, Luna and Molly, adoring my wife Kerby...and playing jazz trombone. Keep making, and buying art everybody!