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).
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