The Big Issue : Edition 559
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 6–19 APR 2018 23 “THE ACHE FOR home lives in all of us,” Maya Angelou once wrote. “The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” What does home mean to you? For me, home is the place on the coast where I grew up, the smell of fish and chips and the scratchy feeling of sand in bed. It’s the stream of light that dances through the kitchen windows in the morning, casting lace shadows on the sink. It’s the comforting rhythm of a commuter train. It’s the opal ring on my right hand that used to belong to my grandmother. It’s the squawk of Evelyn next door –“Shut up, Ted!”– shouting at her yappy little dog. It’s a bowl of spaghetti bolognaise. It’s also a rewarding topic to turn your camera to. Which is precisely what a group of 16 photographers from the prestigious Magnum Photos agency did. In a collaborative project with Fujifilm – who provided each photographer with the same mirrorless, medium format camera – this international crew of acclaimed photojournalists, artists and street photographers did something they seldom do: they turned their cameras back on themselves, and invited us to experience their relationship with that most inviting of words. For some, the Home project was about identity. For others, it was about displacement. Some photographers looked to the past, while others focused firmly on the future. There are stories of welcome and of farewell, of discovery and redemption. These 16 photo essays across 10 countries chronicle birth and coming of age, holidays and quiet routines, trauma and fleetingness, banality and joy. Some of the pictures nod to memory and the passing of time; many show love. For Trent Parke, the only Australian Magnum photographer, home is where he finds his inspiration. “The late sharp Australian light,” he says, “it’s almost impossible to ignore it.” His haunting, painting-like series, which was taken around Port Adelaide in the twilight, is an ode to the modernist painter Jeffrey Smart, who for a time also called Port Adelaide home. This project proves that home is a subject of almost endless potential. It’s a place you can go and a way you can feel. It’s where the heart is. It looks different for everyone, but our desire for it is universal. by Mel Fulton » An exhibition of the Home series is touring internationally. For more information home-magnum.com. The photobook Home can be ordered from shop.magnumphotos.com. PROJECTHOME PORT ADELAIDE, 2017, AUSTRALIA © TRENT PARKE/MAGNUM PHOTOS SIXTEENPHOTOGRAPHERSDISCOVERWHY“HOME”ISTHENICESTWORDTHEREIS.