The View Home
“The View Home” uses the language of surveying and navigation to consider my longing for a sense of home throughout my life. For this project, I traveled to the 14 places I have lived in Massachusetts. Standing on the land’s public space with my 8x10 camera, I photographed the view from each of these places to where I live now.
Under each image is the location information, including the street name and number, the length of time lived at each residence, and the distance and compass bearing to my current home. The printing and presentation references 1970s landscape photographs as well as historic survey photography.
Together the photographs form a constellation of my life with attendant personal history at each site. In essence, the work is a search for something that cannot be seen—referenced by its absence—a place not pictured.
three years, eleven months, eighteen days
distance 6.88 miles
bearing 341 degrees