OPS art show
Portsmouth Island’s ethereal beauty is captured in infrared photographs by Peter Aaslestad on view in the Ocracoke Preservation Society museum.

Photographs of Portsmouth Island in the infrared spectrum are on view through the summer at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, and summer program have begun.

The images are by Peter Aaslestad, an architect from in Staunton, Va., who visited the island in 2014 to capture the conditions of the historic structures for a report commissioned by the Park Service.

While on Portsmouth, Aaslestad was struck by the shared beauty of the remaining buildings born of this harsh landscape and the incredible calm of the remote setting.

Infrared light is not in the natural visual spectrum for humans. It creates a ghostly sort of image of things that seems to go deeper into their essence. Water in particular is “seen” by infrared as a heavier presence. Living plant life is reflected as white, more transitory and ethereal.

In addition, the museum has begun its summer programs of museum walk-throughs Mondays and Fridays; Porch Talks on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Children’s Crafts on Wednesdays.

All programs are at 1 p.m.

Suggested fee for craft is $5 per child. 

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OPS museum at Water Plant Road.
OPS museum at Water Plant Road.
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