Representational photography, like all art forms, has always generated meaning through signifiers: recognizable elements which connote specific content to viewers. In my photographs domestic matter serves as such a signifier, offering a window into its owners' personalities, moral values and behaviours. The people whose homes I photograph are generally not well known to me and their spaces are essentially foreign. During a visit limited to only a few hours, I look for found objects through which I can create a subjective portrait of an unseen person. Through this exercise, I aim to explore what relationship exists between identity and domestic matter.
My photographs pierce the traditional veil of domestic privacy by scrutinizing the specific personal belongings found in my subject's homes. The things in my photographs belong to my subjects, but by looking through my lens and the inherent imposition of my interests, beliefs and stereotypes, they may experience them as if they are an other's.