“You didn’t wear makeup at Taylor Camp,” explained Dana. “If you wore makeup, there was something wrong with you. You weren’t in touch with nature, you weren’t a hippie, you weren’t cool. So, me and Alpin were like the little trashy teenagers, free souls that had no idea what was in store for us.”
“I was nine years old when John took this picture of Dana and me,” added Alpin. “I developed really early. By the time I was eleven, I could dress in grown-up clothes, wear high heels, put up my hair, put on makeup and get into the bars and the discos, because the drinking age was eighteen. Dana and I really got into wearing our Candies and wearing makeup and getting into that whole fashion scene. We were beginning puberty and that’s something that young girls do whether it’s an African village or at the end of the road on Kauai, that’s when you start doing your body decorations, coming of age, the little women rituals.”
From the 2020 LA ART Show Limited Edition collection of archival digital prints signed, titled, numbered, and dated by the photographer, these wood-framed photographs are approximately 29 x 23-inches and meet all Library of Congress standards with non-glare, UV protected Museum Glass over 100% Cotton RagMat and backing board. The collection is a limited edition of twelve with several pieces already acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stanford University as well as private galleries and collectors. Wehrheim's historic Taylor Camp photos are the most complete and evocative documentary of a sixties and seventies counter-culture community and represent "the ultimate hippie fantasy".