Sophomore Anh-Viet Dinh spent the past summer poring over old photos of the Trinity campus in the Special Collections section of the library. The result is a photo exhibit that will open at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 on the second floor of the Coates University Center.
Dinhâ€™s work features past photos of Trinity held up against their modern-day locations, a concept that has recently gained popularity online, but Dinh said he came up with the idea of doing it on Trinityâ€™s campus.
The process began with selecting the original photographs from Special Collections.
â€œI had to look through thousands of photos all in different folders,â€ Dinh said. â€œIt was really hard to find good ones.â€
Archivist and Special Collections librarian Amy Roberson worked side by side with Dinh over the summer, facilitating the process of gathering photos from the archives.
â€œ[Dinh] already had an idea of what would make good subjects,â€ Roberson said. â€œWe began going through the card catalog, and when [Dinh] selected a photo, I would scan it and email it to him.â€
Dinh then printed out the photos, held them up in front of the modern-day location and took his own shot.
Because of the connection to architecture and Trinity history, Dinhâ€™s work drew the attention of assistant professor of art and art history Kathryn Oâ€™Rourke, whose first year seminar focuses on architecture and the work of Oâ€™Neill Ford, who designed much of Trinityâ€™s campus.
â€œThe exhibit is dealing with the issue of history and how we live it on a modern campus,â€ Oâ€™Rourke said.
The students of Oâ€™Rourkeâ€™s seminar will be curating the exhibit as well. Pairs of students are responsible for writing an object label for each photograph, and the class as a whole is responsible for a 500-word introduction to the exhibit.
â€œThe gallery allows students to look at our campus as it was in the past,â€ Dinh said.
Apart from teaching a lesson on the history of Trinityâ€™s architecture, Oâ€™Rourke believes that the exhibit will enrich studentsâ€™ experience.
â€œWhen you leave college, you take so much with you â€“ education, friends,â€ Oâ€™Rourke said. â€œOne of the things you canâ€™t take with you is the experience of the place. Itâ€™s really special, and the more students learn about it, the more special it becomes.â€