Embracing the idea that we cannot change where we're from–and naturally carry it with us–I decided to explore the suburbs of another city in order to connect to the ones I originated from. I was looking for shared motifs; landscape features, lifestyles and decoration that characterize my definition of home, comparing them to images I had taken there.
Initially I found the towns I visited conformed to my expectations, confirming the degree of homogenization I anticipated. Exploration evoked a comforting familiarity, but I questioned the benefit of such easily acquired gratification. These pictures were just capturing the superficial, a facile affirmation of my applied stereotypes.
I decided to make my approach more objective, allowing suburban residents to invite me into their world instead of operating on my own judgement. This allowed me to understand how interior space reflects identity so strongly–almost incongruously–in comparison to the superficiality surrounding it. Bearing witness to the personal has modified my project's purpose. I'm more interested in the way people of varying social classes live, how their eccentricities and sensibilities present themselves within a unifying geographical lens; these are all individuals who happen to live in the suburbs.