The Empty Home
Weddings don’t happen all year round and as much as I enjoy them that’s a good thing. The autumn-winter break is welcomed, it gives me a chance to do other work and means that when weddings start again I’m eager to go again.
I am a big fan of variety, people often ask me what ‘type’ of photography I do and I like that I say “all sorts”. Any profession can become monotonous but with photography it constantly offers different scenarios which keeps it engaging and then when you’re willing to diversify ‘types’ that variety is multiplied.
I have travelled around Derbyshire and neighbouring counties in order to showcase people’s property, to help to get it noticed and sold. I have seen a range of properties: the classical country house, the practical working farm, the cute country cottage and the flash architectural masterpiece just to name a few…. but the one type of property that’s always the most memorable to me is the empty home.
After the family have cleared the home and the estate agents have taken their particulars I am handed a set of keys, I enter the property to record the visual details to accompany the numbers and diagrams.
But it is also often a sad and haunting experience. I am stood recording what is left of someone’s existence. Walls that once reverberated with laughter now only listen to the sound of my shutter. Gardens that once had children and grandchildren trample the flowers now only have to cope with my two feet as I politely try to find the best angle to frame the building. What ends up on my memory card is very often the end of an era, as I shoot away I am more than aware of this fact.
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