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Before George Eastman revolutionized the world with the creation of celluloid film back in 1889, a box that would eventually become the camera was introduced in France. Between 1826 and 1836 the camera that we now envision from classic movies was tried and tested by numerous pioneers. The camera was invented and my world would never be the same. When my son’s class would celebrate 1830’s day, in the back of my mind I had a vision of children classically dressed with simple props. Celebrating an invention that came to life in the 1830’s seems like a perfect marriage of art and history for the children to be part of. Together, Peter’s teacher and I started to think about where we will go with these nostalgia-based photos. So for now, history can easily be found here. I relish in the simple purity of each of these images. As I drove my son to school for the special day, I turned to him with a bittersweet smile knowing that this may be one of the last times in his school days where innocence will be so prevalent.
A project lay ahead for the fall that I hope we'll be able to tie together these images with those of senior citizens from our community. The children will learn of the importance of the oral histories of the people that one looked like the kids in these photos. For anyone with interest in helping with this project, please contact me. We’ll be looking for 25 local seniors to be matched up with children that are willing to be photographed (by me) and interviewed (by the children).