A place between homes

Time present and time past, Are both perhaps present in time future   TS Elliot Burnt Norton

‘A place between homes’, is a photographic essay that has explored the impact of migration upon different generations of one Indian family. The family is my own family and the work therefore partly presents an autobiographical narrative. Each photobook has been designed for the specific purpose of being carried around in ones pocket, to be glanced at, shared, and treasured. Each book was printed on Epson enhanced matt paper, and handmade. The cover of the book has been put together from handmade paper from an old Rajasthan design.

Growing up in England in the 1970’s and 1980’s meant that issues of racism, identity and belonging were always present. This project uses family snapshots to imagine the relationship between the past and present, and building a home between the two places. The four photobook are presented as follows

Time Present : We cover the period from 1985 to the present. It shows the second generation leaving home, getting married, and returning to India with children. At the same we see India slowly changing as a result of globalization.

Time Past : We cover the period from 1964 to 1984 beginning with rural images in Gujarat, marriage, and raising children in England, it ends with the photographs of the elderly community left behind in India.

A Life Framed : Shows a series of formal studio photographs from 1890 to the present day. The series begins with an image of the great grand mother taken before we travels to South Africa, and ends with a formal studio the children four generations later.

A life Extinguished : We begin with the empty chair of my grandfather, and end the series with a photographs of a widower returning with her husbands ashes to place them to the holy rivers in India.

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