When Dorothy closed her eyes and said “there’s no place like home” she clicked her heels together in her Ruby Red Slippers and echoed the sentiments women have likely had since the beginning of time.
Perhaps the feelings are the same in a cave, a cottage or a castle.
Creating a cozy and personal home is a treasured and worthy goal of most women. Supportive husbands quickly learn that women have a need to improve their spaces, demonstrate their domestic talents and enjoy what surrounds them and their family members.
I know how important my home is to me
and how its order contributes to my sense of well-being.
As I have compiled my photo books in the series I have called MORTALITY, I have determined additional topics of importance to me which I want to preserve as part of my personal history. One such topic is that of HOME. My home is a sanctuary from the world. It is the place where I spend the most time, where my eyes are always looking around, where I can enjoy the styles and textures and art that makes it interesting because I have placed those things around me and where I would rather be before any other place.
My latest book will contain 100 photographs of “things around the home”. This is just a preview. Those things might be big or small, new or old, traditional or strange. They might have sentimental value or none at all and might have come recently from a thrift store. Some photos show the same places on different days, for I often change things around. Because I do this, the things in our home are interchangeable from room to room in colors, textures, and eclectic style. I often make changes in lamps, rugs, pillows and art. Eclectic decor is quite versatile and having a love of thrift store shopping makes it possible to make changes . . . even fundamental changes, without much expense.
This post is just a brief note about one more book in my MORTALITY series. It is not a series of photo books designed for anyone but me and my family. It is my way of telling our stories and making memories available to those who might be interested or curious, outside of the computer itself. It is likely a reflection of my generation, which is caught between the past and the present world of electronics. My generation still loves to hold photo books in it’s hands and turn the pages.
Having a comfortable and orderly home is a worthy goal
and one I hope to pursue
until I run out of ideas, energy or money,
all of which just might happen at the same time.
” Homes have personalities.
They have good days and bad days.”