Through the Lens: A Camper’s Perspective

“This is my second year at Smirkus Camp and I came back because everyone was so welcoming,” Jeremy Mezoff, a Session 4 camper explains. Jeremy is an avid photographer who brought his polaroid camera to Smirkus Camp to capture his own perspective on camp life . He’s the face behind this beautiful shot, “Home <3,” which was recently featured on our Instagram.

Jeremy’s interest in photography began several years ago when a friend let him borrow a Canon camera. Jeremy’s Smirkus Camp photography captures individuals as part of larger landscapes and his photos share emotional moments through body language. By not focusing on specific facial expressions in his photos, the viewer is able to transport themselves into the moment of the photo and we feel like we were there, watching the scene unfold before us.

Stilt walking outside for the first time at Smirkus Camp!

Jeremy says “This is me and my best friend Dillon. We were the first people to walk outside on stilts on the new campus, so we captured the moment with a polaroid.”

I asked Jeremy about how being a part of Smirkus Camp affects him throughout the year. He told me that, “Here everyone is so diverse… at school there are certain groups that everyone falls into but here… you learn how to accept and learn about different people’s lives from all over… you learn from here that everyone is totally different.”

Jeremy Mezoff shares his Smirkus Camp collection of polaroid photography.

The sunset over Smirkus Camp.

The sunset over Smirkus Camp.

Practicing the tight wire overlooking the hills of the NEK.

Practicing the tight wire overlooking the hills of the NEK.

During his time at camp, Jeremy has been focusing on wire walking and silks. Last Thursday “… was the day I could finally walk the wire by myself.” Congrats, Jeremy!

Jeremy with twin counselors Abbey and Lucy on beach day.

Jeremy with twin counselors Abbey and Lucy on beach day.

“Everyone is convinced that they are my older sisters,” says Jeremy. Smirkus Camp fosters more than summer friendships, we become a family here at Breezy Avenue.

Unicycling outside of Mamma Mia.

Unicycling outside of Mamma Mia.

The Crystal Lake Landscape

The Crystal Lake Landscape

A photograph of Crystal Lake Beach, taken on Smirkus Camp Beach Day field trip.

A photograph of Crystal Lake Beach, taken on Smirkus Camp Beach Day field trip.

When asked about why he decided to return to Smirkus Camp this year, Jeremy said simply, “It was the greatest two weeks of my life.”

Thank you for sharing your Smirkus Camp perspective with us, Jeremy!

All the best,

Hannah

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

  • Ansel Adams
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About Hula Hooping Hannah

Hannah Stanton-Gockel is a graduate of Ohio University, a fluent Spanish speaker, world traveler and a hula hoop circus performer who devotes her life to story-telling both onstage and off. With a focus in marketing and the guts to venture anywhere, Hannah currently works as the PR intern for Circus Smirkus in Vermont. You can follow her as she finds her purpose in this circus on Instagram @hulahoopinghannah.
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