As of this posting, we are finally in our new house (and I use house instead of home very intentionally). I had spent the last nearly seven years getting to know my location, starting to let that space take root in my self, my family and eventually in my photography. I came to know the light in that house. I knew the when to aim for the kitchen (early morning – the best), I had favorite little pockets of light (the bathtub – my own little studio), I knew that my white balance would always skew too warm in the living room. It’s the house where I learned how to bounce flash without it looking so so flashy.
As my life changed, so did my tastes for various spaces in that house – different kinds of light I hadn’t noticed or cared for before became new. With the birth of our son, he and I spent much of my parental leave on our front porch – a space we hadn’t used much until then, but it now carries incredible weight in my memory and shows up often in my photos from that time.
Now we are in this new house that isn’t yet a home – we’ll get it to that point but we aren’t there yet. I’m having to learn all sorts of new patterns of light, starting to investigate the perfect little corners. There are some early front runners – the north facing corner of windows in the living room, the south facing bay window in the dining room – but the bathroom is not likely. Adaptation and change, lovely friends, is not for the faint of heart.
What are your favorite little spots in your home? Do you crawl into the bathtub to do a self portrait (If not, you should totally try it!), or make a series in a particular spot? I’d love to hear about how you’ve come across some of your favorite little pockets.