[The room is dark. Black and white 1940s snapshot on a screen up front. I write.]
I loved him that summer. Afterwards too but the time we met at camp when everything was secret... it's very hard to describe. Years later I found this photo when it was too late to ask him why this one. You cannot see my excitement in being close to him. I'm surprised I could fall asleep when we were together.
He'd let the boat drift into the middle of the lake. He didn't know what a bad swimmer I was. And I'd lied when he asked if I'd be okay if we went out to the middle.
But it turned out that he had lied in a much deeper way to me.
This was the second of six photos shown in "Word and Image," a new continuing education class at Cooper Union. Susan Landry, writer and cofounder of "Lifeboat: A Journal of Memoir" and Stacy Morrison, photographer and photo artist, who met in a another Cooper class, designed the six-week class for those who want to integrate photography and text. Among the images we viewed and wrote about were famous, found, and personal photos.