A primary human experience, the word ‘home’ evokes strong emotions in our own individual way. Whether it’s a physical manifestation like our beds or more sentimental associations, like a hug from a friend, we all familiar with the idea of home. This resonance has always intrigued my creative practice as much as it has in my personal life.
'Where the Heart Is' is a personal series that continues my exploration of our relationship with the concept of ‘home’. The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns took a toll on us, beyond just feeling "trapped". This series looks to encourage reflection of our relationship with ourselves and how we feel about our homes - as it became more than merely a place we rest in.
The series consists of 19 portraits taken during two nationwide lockdowns, adding colour to the participants’ anecdotes. Among others, I asked everyone, “what does home mean to you?” The replies reveal people citing home as a place of safety and comfort, while others spoke about being at home affected their relationship. Most responses are transcripts taken from diary entry style voice notes, whilst others are text messages from the subjects. One subject replied by writing a letter to me as they pondered on home and its meaning in their lives.
Our understanding of home and self may have changed or been challenged this year, which is okay. I hope that by seeing these photos and reading these experiences, you can feel connected.