Excerpt from Home
ISBN-10: 0985484217, ISBN-13: 9780985484217
Published April 2014
When I look at a house or any other constructed living unit I see a rich collective portrait and I approach each subject as I would a person. Homes are one of the strongest standing embodiments of culture that I know of – compounded reflections of people, communities and regions over time – yet they are still facades. Through photography I take on the role of both architect and artist to make portraits of these facades, instilling in them the order of my own design with which I dissect them.
These two collections were captured in the two distinct geographies that dominated my life between 2010 and 2014: the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Åland and the Faroe Islands) and the American city of Worcester in the state of Massachusetts. These are the faces that caught my attention among the thousands that I walked, biked and drove past. In determining which homes to photograph I looked for details that stand out to me: details that speak to a human touch, a collective past and the contrast between regions that I am always conscious of.