Seeing You, Seeing Me
Seeing You, Seeing Me is a photographic collaboration between my 21-year-old daughter, Leah, and me. She is in front of the camera, while I stay behind it. However, in our images we share the roles of observer and participant. In these pictures, I see myself at her age while simultaneously imagining her as an adult: I also, see her seeing into the future while she observes me behind the lens in my new role as a photographer.
This project has allowed me to slow time with intent. In front of the camera, I pose Leah along with personal artifacts and articles of mine. In doing so, I image the traditions and morals that I have imbued in her.
Inspired by Dutch artists, particularly Vermeer, and books of my childhood such as Jane Eyre and Little Women, I attempt to create timeless and romanticized portraits that capture a fleeting and pivotal moment in time – the still of life as she stands on the cusp of adulthood.
Becky Behar is an emerging photographer born in Bogota, Colombia, raised in Miami, FL and currently living near Boston, MA. Her love of photography started in high school where she worked with pinhole cameras and black and white film. At Wellesley College, she studied photography with Judith Black, who introduced her to the art of the domestic interior; she then spent a summer studying photography at the Rhode Island School of Design.
After raising three children, Behar has returned to the world of photography, studying at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, MA, with Emily Belz as her teacher and mentor. There she has refined her interest in photographing domestic spaces, while also fine tuning her technical skills at the New England School of Photography in Waltham, MA.
Behar enjoys incorporating still lifes and family portraits into her images of domestic spaces. Apart from her mentors, she is heavily influenced by Dutch Golden Age paintings, especially those of Johannes Vermeer. Light occupies a central role in her images.
Behar is looking forward to her first group exhibit at the Griffin Museum in Spring 2019 as part of the Atelier 29 program.
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