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if you lived here, you'd be home now

The idea for the project came to me about a year ago. I had moved from what had been my home for 8 years, into a hospital for 5 months, then out as a homeless person, then into a hostel/'safe house' for vulnerable women, and then finally into my own flat. And I have moved since. It really made me question the idea of 'home', what it means....where it is we make the distinction between house and home. From my hospital admission day until about a month after I finally got into my flat, I didn't have access to a camera at all. It was an 8 month period of frustration, without an outlet through which I could explore how I felt about the systems I was in.

So, last summer, when I had my camera and strength back, I set out to explore a few options. I didn't feel like the stuff I got was coherent enough and I put the project on the back burner for a while. But on Saturday when I was going through my old shots, I found the original shots of this place and realised that all along the basis of exactly what I wanted to do was there and waiting for me to rediscover it. That's why I went back on Sunday, to complete the photography element of the entire process.

The photos in the series challenge norms and explores the concept of what is 'home'. The photos act as a representation of a place inhabited, and look at what it means to 'dwell'. I leave it open to the viewer to bring themselves to the images, and take away what they can.