Early Works

SHERI LYNN BEHR
Danny & Angel, 1964, Camp Echo, Upstate New York


 

I was 14 when I went to sleep-away camp for the first time. I don't know what made me decide to bring a camera with me, except that photography was important in my family. When I was younger, we always had photos taken on family vacations. The camera I used to take this image was a Kodak Hawkeye Flashfun, and amazingly, I still have it.

The photos I made that summer are the first pictures I took myself—pictures of the girls in my bunk and the boys we liked. Most of them were straight on, subject in the middle, smiling and slightly stiff. Typical snapshots. I was just collecting images of the summer friends I might not get to see all year.

This picture was different from the others. Danny and Angel. I'm pretty sure they were a couple. I didn't get to see the photograph until I was home from camp, but I remember that I found it intriguing. The next summer I took a few more unposed pictures, and I started to experiment with the camera just a little bit more.

When I found this image, I realized that I cropped my photographs from that summer. Though back then, it was with a pair of scissors.

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