Monday, 27 July 2009

H O M E













home
|hōm|
noun
1 the place where one lives permanently, esp. as a member of a family or household.
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It seems like one of those ideas that are always there but for some reason they don't reveal themselves fully until the time is right. Well, this weekend, on the south coast of Cornwall, in a small tent holding firm against the forceful wind and rain of the English Channel, an idea came to light.

H O M E
What it looks like and what it means

Book with photographs of home plus written essays on the notion of home.
A3 landscape. Big poncey coffee table book with full colour plates. Proceeds to The Big Issue.


'Let's go home' I said. Then, after an initial glow that surrounded the words - a surprisingly warming mixture of love, of safety, of peace - it dawned on me that I can't say that and have it mean anything real. But the second of this particular feeling was a bloody good one. I realised -it was a realisation - that it's a constructive, enjoyable, relaxing thing to do. To get yourself a home.

Is it where you were born? Not always. Is it where you live: the house? The town? The country? No, not necessarily either or any of these. Can it be something that is not physical? Yes. Can it be essentially connected with other particular people? Yes. It it something that lasts forever? Sometimes. Is it something that some people never understand, never taste? Certainly. Is it something that most people, if not everybody, needs, wants, seeks and strives for? Surely. What else can we say that about - Love? Food? Sex?

It's obviously a huge topic which you could only start to scratch the surface of. Still, if you have any thoughts on Home, on what it means to you, or what it looks like to you, let me know. Equally, if you know of any other relevant work, be it photographic or written, be great to hear about it.
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9 comments:

  1. if you were here, I'd be home

    the artist 'above' has a nice fridge magnet poem across many buildings that features the line above, which I thought went nicely with your post - can't find a picture of it at the mo. but will do soon...

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  2. That sounds like a fine thing.. I look forward to seeing it. Ta for taking the time. Can't see to find you in blog land IGTBE. Great name by the way..

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  3. my bad, it wasn't 'above' (although still worth checking out)

    it was 'espo' (Steve Powers), I have no idea how to / if I'm able to embed, but the (awesome) pic is here:

    http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s140/rangers133/5101_almost_2_web.jpg

    xxx

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  4. I think home is where Scruff is...and I'm sure you feel the same (still persuading Buck about having her to stay over Christmas...I'm working on it) xx

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  5. Home has a warmth and feeling of safety I have in my bed when I am with Soft and thumb, and a sense of relaxed-ness. I don't think it necessarilly relates to one place. I reckon home is more related to feelings and other people for humans where as animals feel a home is a location, for example when we used to go on holiday our dog would be much more settled if we left her at home with people staying in our house rather than her going to their house. She needed the association of knowing where she was for her to relax even though we weren't there with her. I suppose that probably comes down to her thinking if she was still in the house we would come home where as if she wasn't there she couldn't imagine it still existing. When we took her to other peoples houses, even if we were there she wouldn't settle because she couldn't be relaxed. So her sense of safety was with a location.

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  6. Maybe this relates to the idea of home too...remember this is Season 4??

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLmbvbxRM_c

    Maybe home is where your constant is?

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  7. for me home is where i stop. home is like the feeling you have directly after trying to take your shoes off without untying them. There's usually a sound involved that's a bit like, ugh. Ugh is home.

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  8. Anonymous8.8.09

    Are you confusing home with community? I think of home as being solo- not always connected with others as anyone who has ever lived alone will tell you. Home can be the room you have in a city/country where you know no-one.

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  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-5EvITaZ8Y

    Hope this is still floating around your head as well as sitting on a to do list somewhere... a wonderful idea

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