Niagara Gazette — The roaring thunderous sounds and cool feeling of mist blowing off of Niagara Falls are familiar to those who live in the area, but to tourists the sight of the majestic waterfall can almost be life changing.
Artist Angelica Piedrahita set out to capture that experience, and her interactive stereoscope images of Niagara Falls and the surrounding area are on display at the Niagara Falls Public Library on Main Street.
“I was looking for something that relates to me in a certain way,” she said. “Niagara Falls is a landmark that everybody knows worldwide.”
Piedrahita, who is a Colombia native, is wrapping up her last year as a graduate student attending the University of Buffalo with a Fulbright scholarship. She will be earning her MFA in Media Studies. She aimed to document a day in the life of the Niagara Falls tourist using stereoscopic images.
“I am a traveler,” she said. “When I travel I like to get into the deep history of the places that I go. So I decided to make that my artistic focus, and expose those experiences.
“What I’m doing is following the path of these tourists on my bike with two video cameras. They are like photos because they are still, but there’s not much going on, just contemplation.”
She says that the tourists are relatable to her because they are like pilgrims, they are looking for places to go, places that people told them about and places that are full of history.
The set up of the exhibit, according to Piedrahita, will be five stations, each with 7-inch screens, headphones and goggles used to view the images. There will be maps and other props used to help re-create the experience.
She also said that the use of stereoscopic images have been used to showcase important places for many years because it helps to put people in the action and help them imagine what a place is really like, which is part of the theme of her exhibit.