The First Date Archive

Library Manifesto

Lots of young lovers keep mementos: movie stubs, tickets from amusement park rides, mixtapes or mix CDs, even receipts. I have collected them all and then some. In the case of my boyfriend, Matt, I am lucky to have something more unique; photographs documenting our first date.

For that momentous date in 2007, I proposed a walk around Brighton Beach, a boardwalk east of Coney Island in Brooklyn, to find something photogenic to capture for my black-and-white photography class. But Matt became my main focus and the scenery faded. Looking at the photos now, I find them romantic. You might be able to sense how shy I was, from the shots of Matt’s feet and the back of his head. I usually keep the photos stashed away but I recently scanned a few. I hope you like them!

Library Manifesto

Library Manifesto

Library Manifesto


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4 thoughts on “The First Date Archive

  1. Megan says:

    Natalie I love this and every other post! Keep this up!

  2. Shoko says:

    this is lovely and so poignant. it just sparked an interesting conversation with a friend – thank you! :)

  3. Natalie says:

    Thanks guys! I wish I could have been there for the conversation Shoko!

  4. Charles says:

    I really like this idea and the photographs. Especially since things the background may have actually faded in reality. What a great eye!

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