I have always said "Home is where my feet are" and up until I started this project, I believed it.
When the Sixth Degree Collective chose Home as the theme for this year's Exposure Photography Festival, I knew right away that I would show a collection of landscapes. It made sense at the time as I've always been enamoured with wherever I happen to be standing, caught up in the moment, mesmerized by the beauty around me. As I started picking through my landscapes, and reminiscing about the places I took each photo, I realized something had been missing in those moments. Sure, it had felt like home, but that feeling had been fleeting.
As happy as I would have been to stay in that space forever, something always brought me back to reality. Maybe I was going to see a band play a gig later that night with friends. Maybe my husband stayed in the city and I just wanted nothing more than to be in his arms instead of knee deep in snow in the most amazing landscape I had ever explored. Whatever the reason, those distractions made me change the course of my project to try to portray what home really means, despite where it may lie geographically.
A home is so much more than the spaces we inhabit, it can be a person, a community, or just a state of mind. Home is where you learn to dream and it's where your memories are regardless of where you're standing now. Home can be anywhere you make it.
© Llisa Bastard Photography