This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is ‘Home’. Tomorrow people, all around the world, will be tweeting images reflecting this theme throughout the day. Search for the #FriFotos hashtag and you’ll see them.
It’s certainly got me thinking of the great variety of homes I have visited over the years from the Palace of Thanjavur in India where I dined with the Raj or a stately home in England now open to the public to a simple hut in Senegal or even the re-constructed homes found at Singleton Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex. Not forgetting one of my favourites, the wonderfully ostentatious Brighton Pavilion that was once the home of the Prince Regent.
And then there are those that are homeless, some by choice, such as the eternal traveller, but most by the circumstances they find themselves in.
Sometimes when I photograph a home it is the building itself that interests me but that is certainly not always the case. Looking back over my photographs of people’s homes in West Africa (Senegal and The Gambia) they are more about the people in the homes than the homes themselves. I guess it is the people who make a place ‘home’.