With support from a NCPTT grant, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is evaluating practical applications of digital photogrammetric methods for 3D documentation of historic objects, structures, and landscapes. In contrast to laser scanning, this method may allow anyone with a digital camera with a manual mode, raw capture, and a laptop computer to be able to gather RGB color and 3D data and assemble 3D digital surrogates that can be used to monitor very slight condition changes that occur over a long period of time. The testing is ongoing this summer at Georgia O’Keeffe’s historic homes and studios at Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch.
An innovative aspect of the project is the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Imaging Project, a multi-media blog that is recording the process and will make outcomes of the research available to the public and conservation professionals in real-time. The site will also include downloadable video and instructions.