It is this time of year, after a busy hive of work and activities, that everyone’s minds start turning towards home, to slow down and spend time with loved ones at Christmas and share in the festive delights that marks this special period.
For myself and a group of family photographers, our work as family photographers has meant that we have had the privilege to be invited inside countless family homes, and get to witness some beautiful genuine connections within these families. We have had our eyes open to document and communicate some of these real moments as visual stories for them. Every family is different yet all the stories share a common theme that represent their family life and what it means to them — the inherent sentiment of ‘home’.
As we approach the end of the year and reflect on being at home with our families, I asked a collective of British photographers to share one image reflected in their own style, which best represents to them the theme of ‘HOME’.
The amount of images I received was diverse and wide-ranging. The majority of this group were female photographers, who are also mothers, to which home represented the people within — a place of nurture, comfort or play. Home is family, home is where the heart is. For others, home is the tentacles to our past and our future — a connection to our childhood memories or a space to watch time take hold, creating a sense of longing or hope. For those who have made this country or another their home; home represents a feeling of transient flux as well as an identity.
On viewing the photographs and reading the stories behind them, these twenty British female photographers gives us a unique glimpse into what ‘HOME’ looks, feels or means to them. Ultimately, ‘home’ exists as a familiar, universal language. When we think of ‘home’ we think of family and our roots. It is the story of our lives.
Click on the photographers’ names to visit and see more of their beautiful work. Let me know in the comments - what does ‘home’ mean to you?
Wishing you all a wonderful merry Christmas.
Home to my eldest is where he has some amazing imaginary adventures. He can turn anything into a fantastic story.
One of my favourite things is to see washing blow on a line. Feels like home. It was one of my granny’s favourite things too.
'Vareniki' - making our national dish of dumplings with potatoes around our family table reminds me of scenes from my childhood home in Ukraine.
HOME - the endless taming of the void. Between transitioning from the emigrant to the immigrant and back again, there is this special place in my heart where that constant homesick feeling lives.
This year has been a concept in flux, with 2 permanent countries, many visited in between, and a moving home on wheels along the way for good measure. But ultimately it's always about us, we four, and wherever we are together — the messy everyday of our limbs and minds entangled with our hearts and love, that's where I hope home always will be.
The minutiae details of home: A weekend-project that has turned into almost a year. The frustration of making slow progress on the house has given way to reconcile and seeing beauty in its imperfections - the light amongst the shadows. This is the fabric of my home.
“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.”
Home is wherever these two go.
'Home' is wherever I am with you.
This Autumn has been spent preparing our home and our hearts for the arrival of our newest little one.
We have the hugs, the giggles, the big piles of laundry, the bigger glass of wine, though at the end of the day ‘Home’ is, of course, our people. Our big people, our little people, our dogs, our cats. All together, wherever we are. Home.
There’s something quite irresistible about a little pair of feet dangling over the bath with the dog sitting underneath. It makes for a ‘homely’ image.
Part of me aspires to a picture perfect, magazine style home … but the reality is that’s just not us, we're chaotic, spontaneous, a bit scruffy and there is always a grand project on the go… it wouldn’t feel like home if it were any other way.
13. Sarah Hall
Our house is home to four children and a dog, so there are lots of personalities and fun times. I love catching moments of my family in our home. Like, my eldest daughter in her bedroom surrounded by her favourite images, getting ready to go out.
Home is where the heart is. He is my home.
Home. I adore my stretch marks. They remind me of one of my happiest times when my belly was home to my two babies. They both love squishing it nowadays and say it wobbles like jelly. Yes kids, yes it does!
16. KMGS Photography
When you work from home it can be hard to distinguish between work time and home time. This image to me oozes 'home'. It is the people who really make a home.
Home for me is a place where you can connect with your loved ones. A safe space where you can completely be yourself and let go of any inhibitions you may have.
With you, I am home.
A slow Sunday morning scene at home. Finally it is time to slow down, and spend it with the people who matter most.
Observing light shifts, interactions and connections. I let life unfold hour by hour and then when something catches my imagination, when the light weaves it’s way, I explore it, dance with it, and let it bring me home.