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Through the lens of history

Students’ Brookside exhibit captures the spirit of similar showing made a decade ago

A photo of a Ballston Spa façade, and part of a photo exhibition on display at the Brookside Museum. The work of Ballston Spa High School students makes up the photography exhibit, which resembles the work done a decade ago in a similar showing. (Photo by Junior, Linda Danison)

A photo of a Ballston Spa façade, and part of a photo exhibition on display at the Brookside Museum. The work of Ballston Spa High School students makes up the photography exhibit, which resembles the work done a decade ago in a similar showing. (Photo by Junior, Linda Danison)

— Pancoast saw the photographs from 2001, and kept them in mind on March 2, opening night, when she and her friends and classmates were viewing the exhibit. She shared her thoughts about the two projects.

“I thought it was so neat to see the photos from a long time agoand how much our little town has changed. I was even comparing the photos to each other with a few friends that were with me at the show. It was so cool to see that we were standing almost in those exact same places as the photographers who took those photos. I couldn't help but think to myself, ‘What were they thinking when they took these photos?’” she said.

Masto couldn’t be reached, but Pancoast said her teacher was very supportive.

“She has inspired me in many ways. She pushes a lot of us to make our work better than we think we can do. She makes sure we aren’t distracted when working on projects and makes sure we put our full potential into our work,” she said. “I’ve had Mrs. Masto since last year so she knows how passionate I am when it comes to photography and she makes sure to keep my interest when working on projects by making a lot of the projects fun to work on.”

Opening night of the exhibit was part of First Fridays in Ballston Spa, occurring on the first Friday night of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. in the village’s downtown. Washington Street, Front Street and Milton Avenue are host to most of the First Friday’s events. For more information about the photo exhibit, visit brooksidemuseum.org.

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