A Martha’s Vineyard museum exhibit of student local history photos has sparked interest in archives and local portraits.

Martha's Vineyard Museum Exhibit of Student Local History PhotosThe exhibit, entitled “Oak Bluffs Portraits: As Time Goes By” features photos by high school students in Chris Baer’s photography class at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School

Students looked through the museum archives in search of vintage Oak Bluff images.  They also examined postcards and photographs from Chris Baer’s personal collection.  They made their selections, then took to the streets to find the modern day versions of the old pictures.  They attempted to shoot them from the same vantage points where the originals were taken.

The final result was a side to side comparison, “Then and Now”.

“Something on this shoot that surprised me was that so many of the buildings have changed,” student Ali Barlett wrote in a booklet, “Reflections,” that accompanies the exhibit. “There were even some that were completely different buildings. (For example: The Island House.) This was a challenge with some of the photos that we tried taking, but it also made them more interesting.”

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