Where is home for you?
Home can have different meanings depending on the context and the individual's perspective. Home is a personal and subjective concept that varies from person to person and can be shaped by individual experiences, culture, and history. My father created a photography book, At Home, which depicts our everyday lives as a family over the span of 10 years. As I grew older, this book became something very important to me. The photographs capture emotions, mundane life, family bond, and intimate moments at home in a way that whenever I go back to read it, I get flooded with emotions and memories. This feeling inspired me to base my thesis around the idea of Home, Memories, and Nostalgia.
We have a powerful connection to the places that shaped us. I wanted to convey this feeling of home through photography and design. The two physical places I consider home are Japan and New York. Although I feel most at home in both places, the two are entirely different environments. My house in Japan feels nostalgic and peaceful, while New York feels new and exciting. My thesis consists of two artist books, one for each location, that show the contrast and similarities between the two places. Through my photography, I want to evoke different types of feelings and emotions that I feel when I am in the places I call home.