Here is a set of photographs that I shot for a school project for which we were assigned to create a Typology. The work would normally be presented as a grid and would include 24 photos. This is just a preview.
This work presents a visual perspective of a residence space and provides an understanding of the connection each resident has with their room and the objects within it.
I spent two days, entering 24 different students’ rooms to photograph them. I had each resident sit comfortably on his or her bed in a similar way and shot the photo ensuring that the window was always behind him or her since that seemed to be the only consistent element in each dorm room. Even at that, there were three different colours of curtains.
After photographing a student I would ask them the following questions:
1. How do you feel in your room?
2. How do you make it feel homey or like home?
3. Do you feel the need to make it feel like home or homey?
4. How do you feel about the fact that this is a temporary home?
5. Do you ever feel constrained in this space?
Following the interview with each resident and seeing their individual rooms, I came to a few conclusions. Even though the walls, the curtains and the furniture were the same in most rooms, each one was unique and filled with a little to a large number of objects that were reminiscent of their previous homes. Objects included memorabilia, blankets, clothing, food and photographs. I realized that it wasn’t only these items and the other residents around them that were important in creating a livable and happy space for them but it was also knowing the space was a temporary one.
As a photographer with a camera and lighting set up, at times I felt a sense of intimacy when entering a bedroom, especially that of someone I had met for the first time minutes before the shoot. This typology allows the viewer to enter the room without this malaise while still creating a slight sense of discomfort of looking at someone in a private space. Each room was photographed in a manner that does not fully reveal the contents of the bedroom, therefore creating a sense of mystery and allowing the viewer to imagine what may fill the rest of the space.
Once I publish the full work on my website, I will include a quote below each photograph which will allow the viewer to further understand the relationship these students have with their dorm room space.