Nighttime scenes, parents reading to their children, dogs lying in flower beds, sporting events, students in the class room and a Netflix envelope were among the photos submitted to represent what a day in Milford is like.
Milford Central School and the Greater Milford Historical Association (GMHA) teamed up to capture a moment in time. The goal was to make a timeline story of a day, which happened to be Sept. 21, with contributed photos to be arranged into a four-minute presentation set to music. According to Kevin Stevens, MCS teacher and treasurer of the GMHA, the project was a success. He said more than 100 photos were submitted by people ages 17-72.
“Some of the youngest photographers had some of the most impressive photographs,’’ said Stevens at a GMHA meeting where the final project was revealed.
The presentation will be shown in November to MCS students as part of the Principal’s Assembly, according to Stevens. He said it has been interesting to see how others perceive their community.
Those from the community were asked to take photos of not just people or places, but of images they would see on a daily basis. Photos could be taken within the timeframe of midnight to 11:59 that day.
The intent was to capture a digital time capsule of life that can be added to the historic association’s photo exhibit of the 1840s to present time.
According to Jim Havener, director of the historical association, there are more then 3,000 photos in the exhibit. What is on display is just a small fraction of what exists, he said.
Havener said when going through the collection of photographs to try and determine which ones to use and not to use, he realized there were not many photos of people, places and things going on after the 1960s. He said the idea of the project was to get fellow citizens to come together and get some of these types of images to go into the collection.
Havener said all of the images shown at last week’s meeting in a computer slide show will also be put into hard-copy format for those not comfortable using computers.
Stevens said a student made an interesting comment about the final outcome of the project while looking at it in his classroom. He said the student said it looked like there was a lot more going than it seems in the small community.
“The photos prove it is a very active community and it makes me real happy to live hear,’’ Stevens said.
Havener said the project was such a good idea he would like to see it happen again next year or at least sometime again in the near future.