What You See

Sheri Lynn Behr
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"What You See," is Sheri Lynn Behr's project which consists of screenshots from television programs. Behr focuses on security cameras and she tries to show they are even part of the programs and series we watch in the television.

In her project text Behr tells: In our image-obsessed society, we expect to see cameras everywhere. We see ourselves on CCTV monitors in stores, cameras point at us on the street, we even see signs warning us that a camera is about to take our picture - whether we want it to or not. Every day we deal with photography without permission.

I became aware of surveillance cameras in my own home - the ones that show up constantly in movies and TV shows. The photographs from What You See come directly from my TV screen. News shows, crime dramas, we expect to see surveillance cameras there. They are far more pervasive than that. Comedies, science fiction, hospital dramas, even The Simpsons, all seem to be including these cameras as part of the story or just part of the set design.