Legacy Photos

Capturing a Moment in History: calling all residents and friends of Wardsville

Every family, group, and clan of Wardsville and area is requested to participate in the legacy photograph project. Gather your kin and show up at the designated times during the Bicentennial Celebration on Father’s Day weekend to have your picture taken as part of Wardsville’s photographic record.

The legacy photograph project will record the exact appearance of its citizens in 2010. The high quality negatives and prints will be placed in a storage container and included in a time capsule to be opened 100 years hence. A digital image will be printed on-site as a souvenir photograph to be given to each person.

In the small mountain town of Heber Springs, the Arkansas artist known as Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of the people of rural America between 1939-1945.

The Goal

The goal is to photograph every local resident digitally and black & white film as a historic record of the village during its Bicentennial year.

All of Wardsville and area residents, sponsors, and guests are requested to have their photograph taken in digital and black and white.  Negatives to be stored away for the 300th anniversary in the year 2100.

The legacy photograph project will record the exact appearance of its citizens in 2010. We will create a temporary photographic studio in which standardized portraits of each Wardsvillian will be created. We will use conventional black and white silver halide film, process it to an archival standard, and create silver gelatin prints from these negatives. The negatives and prints will be placed into a storage container and included in a time capsule to be opened 100 years hence. At the same time as the film portraits are made, another image will be created using a digital camera. An on-site digital printer provided by Package Nanny will then be used to create a souvenir photograph to be given to each person.  Every person photographed  is requested to sign a release form so these photos can be used in the future.

Where?

Legacy Photo Shoot studio will be set up at the old Wardsville Community Hall on Longwoods Road. Features photographers Dave Chidley and Lawrence Merin.

Hosted by the new owners of the Old Community Hall, Crocodile Productions, Barbara Urbach and Gary Van Osch.

When?

Friday, June 19, 2010   6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday, June 20, 2010   1:00 – 4:00 pm. Legacy Photo Shoot at the old Wardsville Community Hall on Longwoods Road.

Who?

All Wardsville families requested to have their photograph taken in digital and black and white.  Bring wedding photos of the generations to include in the picture: Mom & Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, and the Greats.  Black & White archival negatives to be stored away in Elgin Archives for the 300th anniversary in the year 2100.  One free digital picture for each group.

Larry Merin, Fran Lutchin’s nephew, will use traditional black and white film that can be stored indefinitely. Dave Chidley is planning to photograph using digital technology.

Legacy Photo by Disfarmer 1939 - 1945

The eccentric photographer known as Disfarmer (1884-1959) seemed to be a man determined to shroud himself in mystery. Born Mike Meyers, the sixth of seven children in a German immigrant family, Disfarmer rejected the Arkansas farming world and the family in which he was raised. He even claimed at one point in his life that a tornado had lifted him up from places unknown and deposited him into the Meyers family.

June 11, 2010

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