What does ‘home‘ mean to you? I’ve been pondering this question, and on this project, for some time now…
An answer would most likely be so different & complex dependant upon to whom & when the question is asked, and yet it’s such a universal term. Is it a place, a space, our belongings, our people, our memories, or our journey; is it all of these, or, is it quite simply something we feel with nebulous depth?
For me, it’s all of this and more…there are places I feel at home – where I draw breath & the world slows for a while. There are people I feel at home with – I know these people; we accept each other, and we are comfortable in our company. Our physical home is where I find respite & comfort; a space that changes as we change, grows as we grow; filling with the collected pieces of our journey, our memories, and reflecting us in our habits – in our everyday.
All this is ‘home’, and yet increasingly, I come to realise that it’s is also in me. In the uncapturable memories & the kin I hold in my heart; in my creativity & my soul. That is where I draw strength from and can truly go as I am. All else is, in fact, a reflection – an outpouring of all that is in me & in my heart. I am home.
So I was curious what would come back if I asked the question “what does ‘home’ mean to you” as a photographic project. A simple paragraph or two: less words, more images. How would I visually tell my story at any given time? How would that change in time? And how might different representations and interpretations of ‘home’ be expressed by others in this way?
In the here & now, I chose to represent my interpretation of home through captured elements of our everyday…and so begins project ‘ABODE’ – a creative, thoughtful & visual celebration of home, heart & habit.