In reference to the brief ‘Sense of Place’, home for me is my sense of place. When I am at home I feel a sense of belonging and my family and friends are a huge part of that. They make me feel at home regardless of the geographical location and i always feel at my most comfortable and completely myself when I am around them at home. After much research and inspiration from other photographer such as Sally Mann and Susan Sontag I decided to photography my family and our home, using portrait photography to capture my family and wide/shallow depths of field to capture images of my home with my family in it.
Due to my project photos being taken over the Christmas holidays when I was back at home from uni, I was able to reflect the festivities which bring my family together. Traditions such as decorating the house with lots of lights, family meals/parties and going for walks around the Christmas markets to see the Christmas lights are important to my family as we like to spend time together and enjoy the season. I used inspiration from Susan Sontag about capturing memories through photos to get quite a variety of photos for my final portfolio. Pictures ranging from food displays at our family party to pictures of my brother playing on his xbox. I feel each one captured my sense of home and frames me in a certain moment in time with my family.
I captured different lighting, experimenting with the natural light from the kitchen to the artificial lighting coming from the fairy lights. I particularly like the picture of my mum in the kitchen as it just sums up my feeling of home. I took that photo pretty much as soon as I arrived home, it was one of the first things I saw when I came through the door, my mum cooking our family meal and I feel the picture really captures the image of my mum that I see through my eyes and the love and care that she puts into looking after us. I also like the picture of my sister lying on her arm, I like how the lights from her mirror reflects off her face and the natural lighting from the window which creates shadows due to the angel I saw shooting from. I think both the pictures of my brother sum up his personality and his love of video gaming. I like the position that he is led in, intensely concentrating on the screen while the lights reflects back onto his face. I also like how this works with the second image of him slumped on the bed after falling asleep playing xbox.
Through the use of Camera practise and artist research, I was able to create a portfolio of different and interesting images that overall I am very happy with as I think they perfectly reflect my sense of place and belonging within my family home.