A Sense of Place, a photographic essay

by Maria-Thérèse Andersson of www.afiori.com

I've been pondering the meaning of words such as place and home lately. What is a place? Are there non-places? These are some of my thoughts along with my photographs.

We create places by selecting part of the space surrounding us and taking it into possession, naming it. We may call it London, your apartment, the couch or home. A place has its own characteristics and is somehow separate from other places.

Home. Is home really a place or is it more of a feeling? In a sense, home is one place and away is everything else, but why is it that a person can feel at home in several different places? Is there always one home which is more real and true?

The concept of home is something I like to investigate in my photographs. This self-portrait was creating by merging the photo of me with a wall in Rome. I thought about the places away from home which I visit and love and I wondered if by going there I somehow put a mark on the city the way it does on me. I thought about symmetry and being half there, half here.

A place is not always surrounded by a physical boundary. A place can be created by listening to music to tune out the rest of the world, or it can be created between people.

We create portable places. Pockets, laptops, handbags - all of which can contain a mini universe of the most essential things you need, a miniature home, a place you recognize.

Hold a butterfly in your hand and your hand will become a place too.

Thank you for having me as a guest blogger today! I am an art photographer, writer and bookbinder residing at www.afiori.com (blog and shop).

All content in this post © Maria-Thérèse Andersson 2010


Sara said...

I love the concept behind it all! Especially a mini-universe! That's genius!

ittybittyandpretty said...

i am truly at 'home' when i am with my little family..no matter where we are :)
i must admit we love the place we call home, it just fits us so well and we have made our mark on it. thanks for your gorgeous words and artfilled photos.

Laura Bray said...

I'm very much a home body. I love my house and strive to make it comfortable. Although I love to travel, sometimes I think the best part of going to new places is that the joy I feel when I get home.

Katrina LB King said...

oohh, and bookbinding to boot! This is one of my favorite posts on my own blog, thank-you so much for your thoughtful inspiration! I especially find 'home' in the postcard image. As someone that has traveled much of the world, these questions are heartfelt for me to ponder.

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

Glad you liked it! I'd be happy to contribute again somehow, in a different way, if you'd like.