Sixteen-year-old Annalisa Hartlaub never dreamed there’d be such a significant response to the series of self-portraits she created for her photography class.
The high school student, who also attends Ohio State University, juxtaposed both mainstream culture and counterculture for the past 10 decades in side-by-side images.
“Counterculture fascinates me in the way it shapes values and societies, so when I was assigned a portraiture project I decided I wanted to incorporate that interest into it,” Hartlaub told BuzzFeed.
The 1980s photograph is her favorite because she thinks it’s the most accurate and was fun to put together.
But Hartlaub’s favorite era of counterculture is the hippie movement of the 60s and 70s.
“They completed changed the society and beliefs of the time and went against what was considered to be the acceptable norm,” she explained.
Hartlaub hopes that her project encourages and inspires other people to create art.
“I created it in a small time window, without a budget, and without any professional background,” the 16-year-old told BuzzFeed.
“I feel like those things held me back for a long time…”
“…I felt like I couldn’t make good photos because I didn’t have a huge camera or funds to buy anything like props or lighting components.”