I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Gordon Baer’s images have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, and The London Daily Mail. A recipient of the World Understanding through Photography Award, he lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The first [part of the series] documents a day in Lewis’s life in Salem, Missouri, when she was a carefree seventeen-year-old who often skipped school and tried on the wedding dress she kept packed away in her hope chest. The second part was made a year later, after Lewis was married and pregnant. The year was 1969.
Cover by Gordon Baer