In a period of time between adolescence and adulthood, college students work to create spaces that feel like home. Because students are frequently moving, the tendency is to fill the environment with familiar possessions in an attempt to recreate homes of the past. While the things you have might add beauty to a space, a home is created through relationships and memories, and each home is unique.
Photographing the nuanced intimacy between the people and their spaces allows a moment to be held on to, and the interaction between the building and the student to become less routine. The variety of subjects and ambiguity of identity allow space for the viewer to reflect on their personal spaces and the ways they connect to their homes. At this time in life, many find themselves calling multiple structures home. While the structures provide shelter, few tend to provide stability or support, leaving post adolescents longing for a singular solution. This body of work allows students to see that their individual attempts not only contain beauty, but also impact their daily lives. In viewing this work, one can see that an object alone is not a memory, and a house alone is not a home.
Shot on 35mm Ilford HP5 with Nikon FE
11X14 Silver Gelatin darkroom prints, November 2018