Seeing You, Seeing Me began as 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 her becoming an adult, while she sees me in the role of mother and photographer.
With Seeing You, Seeing Me, I slow time with intent. I dress Leah in my clothing and pose her with personal artefacts. In doing so, I reflect what gets passed from one generation to the next. I portray the traditions and morals that I hope to leave in her. I include still lifes that also act as portraits in their own way. The fruits and flowers matured, yet they remain vibrant and fragrant.
Inspired by Dutch artists, particularly Vermeer, I attempt to create romanticized images that capture a fleeting and pivotal moment in time – the still of life as she stands on the cusp of adulthood and I witness the passing of time.
Bio Behar was born in Bogota, Colombia, grew up in Miami, Florida and currently lives in the Boston, MA area. Becky Behar creates still lifes and portraits in domestic spaces. She composes the environment and carefully constructs narratives that portray the intimate. Her images discuss the family and often, her identity and role as a mother in transition. Behar is looking to stop time and elevate the everyday. She is influenced by historical paintings, especially those of Johannes Vermeer, Caravaggio and John Singer Sargent. With the use of her camera, light and colour, she creates painterly photographs.
Beginning with pinhole photography and black and white film, Behar focused on darkroom techniques during high school and at Wellesley College. A summer spent studying documentary photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, instilled in her the importance of telling a story with art.
After raising three children, Behar has returned to photography, studying at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, the New England School of Photography in Waltham, MA and at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA.
Behar has participated in both group and solo exhibitions. Her work has been shown in group shows at the Davis Orton Gallery, the Southeast Center for Photography and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her Seeing You, Seeing Me portfolio was shown as a solo exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography in December 2019 and most recently at Workspace Gallery in Lincoln, NE. Behar’s work has been featured in What Will You Remember and Jewish Boston. In August 2020, Behar was selected by Photolucida Critical Mass as a top 200 Finalist.