Psychologists say that the home may be considered an extension of the self. If this is true, I meet my neighbors in an exciting and invigorating way each day through the lens of my camera. In the past, I felt bewildered by the vivid colors displayed by homes in the historic districts of cities. After constant observation and contemplation I am intrigued by the activity of everyday life in local neighborhoods which I experience only through outward observations of the homes around me.
The images captured of these houses assert a sense of spatial ambiguity which is analogous to the dilemma of private versus public space that is felt when observing someone’s home. Although, clearly observable from the public space of the sidewalk, homes are very personal spaces in which citizens expect a certain level of privacy. The color formalism present throughout the images creates an experience of gazing at these houses or homes and leads to questioning of the meaning of placement, space, and implied, but presently unobservable activity.
The combination of color and formal elements that make up these images should allow a new view of local neighborhoods. Things normally passed by on a daily basis become displays of color and abstract form which eventually lead to an acknowledgment of neighborhood personalities and individuality that come together to describe a cultural community.