The challenge is on to recreate photos, some more than a century old.
Lambton Heritage Museum issued its Community Photo Challenge Monday, for people to practise their photography skills re-staging select photographs from Sarnia-Lambton’s past.
Some of the top submissions will be displayed at the museum starting in March.
Officials at the museum sifted through the museum’s collection and the Lambton County Archives’ to find “compelling images that kind of reflect wintertime activities and people in Lambton,” said Colleen Inglis, with the museum.
They picked photos that didn’t feature groups, so people could safely re-stage them with others in their households and abide by physical distancing recommendations amid COVID-19, she said.
Some options include ice under the Blue Water Bridge, children posing on sleds and various portraits of people in period clothing.
They range from the late 1800s to around the mid-to-late-1900s, Inglis said.
The challenge is part of an ongoing Capturing the Moment exhibit at the museum, now interrupted twice by pandemic-related closures.
The photo challenge was already planned before Ontario entered lockdown restrictions Dec. 26, Inglis said.
“It’s still something people can get out and do in the community in the wintertime.”
People can also recreate their own photos that fit the challenge’s Snow and People categories, Inglis said.
“Maybe you have an old snow photo of your family in front of your house, and you could recreate it like 10 years later and do your own version,” Inglis said, noting people must submit both the old and new versions if they’re using their own.
“Just have fun with it … see what you can come out with,” she said.
The submission deadline is Feb. 19 at lambtonmuseums.ca/community-photo-challenge.
Select entries will be on display March 1-April 10, officials said.