Place/Home is a series of still life images of a family home located in the outskirts of Paris. This house has been in the same family for generations and is about to be sold due to the family feud. It contains objects and memories of lives lived and lost. The objects suggest stories and emotions unavailable to both the photographer and the viewer of the photograph.
Just as photography records light reflecting off a surface, traces of the present are ingrained on the surfaces of tables, on walls, and in the objects themselves: in the dust, scratches, cracks and paint. Marks of the past lie more specifically in the objects’ shadow, in the darkness: the place that neither the eye, nor the mind, can clearly see or understand. All that remains is the contours, the frame. Stillness, then, is not only present in the ‘still’ photograph but in the inanimate nature of the objects themselves.
Place/Home explores the depth of time and the unknown or unsaid through the contrast of light and darkness, clarity and the hidden. These aspects co-exist within one image as they co-exist within the objects themselves, creating a multi-layered narrative that can only be imagined by the viewers themselves.