RMIT and Habitat for Humanity Photography Series — “HOME”

Students from RMIT University took part in this projects to produce a series of photos that show the meaning of home. These photos are part of a series which aim to bring awareness to the issues surrounding housing in Australia and reflect the many different meanings, both positive and negative, of what “home” means.

Home — Catharine Neilson

Home — Catharine Neilson

This is a series of photos that looks at the messy, spontaneous and quiet moments at home. It aims to highlight the things we often take for granted such as having a place to do laundry or drink a cup of tea. It is part of what I hold precious about having a home.

Home/Less (Home over Less) — Aida Gunawan and Eugenie Lai

Home/Less (Home over Less) — Aida Gunawan and Eugenie Lai

It is a compare and contrast series about people living in a home and who don’t. We are showing the audience another perspective of the less fortunate through this series. we believe that by compare and contrasting their aspect of lives can raise awareness and feel grateful for what they already had. Thus, the audience will start to think of what they can do to help the less fortunate if they have got the chance. We use diptych technique to put the subject matters with two different conditions together.

Untitled — Ash Turner

Untitled — Ash Turner

Women are more likely to be victims of domestic and family violence. According to Homelessness Australia 55% of female clients accessing specialist homeless services cite domestic and family violence as the cause of their homelessness. I wanted to create work which reflects upon the desolate and destructive effects of domestic violence in an effort to broaden the discourse of female homelessness in Australia.

Sanctuary — Gabrielle Hall-Lomax

Sanctuary — Gabrielle Hall-Lomax

The two images depict different scenarios, one a family in their home with there possessions, and another of the possessions removed from the home environment. When contrasted they express the importance that physically owning a house is in order to achieve a sense of home, a place where relationships grow, memories are created, and symbolic treasured possessions are kept.

Transient Habitatations — Philippa Newell and Isabella Connelley

Transient Habitatations — Philippa Newell and Isabella Connelley

This series of images explores the isolation of the homeless. It is a well known fact that many Australians do not have a permanent place to call home. We wanted to create images that represent those who set up camp wherever they can find space, sleeping under bridges, in parks and squatting in abandoned houses. We photographed these three separate locations around Melbourne CBD at night time to depict the desolate spaces the homeless inhabit.

Bringing Awareness — Alyce Harris

Bringing Awareness — Alyce Harris

Bringing Awareness document an aerial perspective of a suburban landscape, the overlaying text are statistics quoted from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Through these images I aimed to showcase how households occupy numerous spare rooms, and yet homelessness still continues to effect a large population of Australian citizens.

Untitled — Angela Iaria and Kate Marriott

Untitled — Angela Iaria and Kate Marriott

We chose to shoot an important part of family life, sitting down at the table with your family, enjoying food, company and security and to contrast this against the lack of this for people who are homeless.

Secure — Bri Hammond

Secure — Bri Hammond

I was recently robbed from my home, twice in the space of a week. Because I no longer felt safe, I didn’t feel at ‘home’ again until I had moved house. To me, having a home means having security. Keys are the tactile objects that give people that security. From looking at someone’s keys, we get an insight into their possessions and maybe even find out a little about their personality from their keyring or lack of one. Regardless of what our keys look like, just by having one means that we’re doing a lot better than some other people around the world.

Where did you sleep last night? — Harrison Moss

Where did you sleep last night? — Harrison Moss

Where did you sleep last night? explores the fact that a proportion of Australians are living in improvised dwellings, such as cars or tents. I hope to expose this issue to the viewer as it’s a concern that goes unnoticed by many.

To Have A Home — Lauren Thom and Clare Harvey

To Have A Home — Lauren Thom and Clare Harvey

Through our photograph we wanted the viewer to be confronted with the sad reality that in our society even our dolls have houses, where many humans worldwide, do not. We decided to create a set of photographs utilising symbolism-the dollhouse poses as a representation of the excess in our society, and the cardboard acts as a harsh reminder of the disadvantaged reality many face worldwide.

Home means … — Lisa-Jane Wallace

Home means ... — Lisa-Jane Wallace

I live in St Kilda and driving around the streets I always see abandoned couch’s. Often I imagine what a couch might have meant to a person in their home. Sometimes I see homeless people sitting on them.

Remnants of Home — Morgan Hotston

Remnants of Home — Morgan Hotston

This series, entitled Remnants of Home, deals with the idea of losing one’s home to a fire and what is left over. These burnt images of houses not only represent the physical deterioration of a home in such a situation, but the keepsake aspect and importance that photographs have to preserve memories of what is left.

The streets can’t feel like home — Yana Amur

The streets can’t feel like home — Yana Amur

In this project I wanted to convey the idea how different living conditions can be, depending on whether a person has a home or lives in the streets. I tried to replicate the real-estate style of photography, only instead of house interiors I captured places out in the city that serve as ‘living areas’ for those who have no roof above their heads.

His Home, Her Home — Katarina Hetenyi

His Home, Her Home — Katarina Hetenyi

My Project is titled “His Home, Her Home” and features four nationals from counties that Habitat for Humanity build for around the world. Japan, India, Colombia and Australia.

Trading Places — Sara D’Ambrosio

Trading Places — Sara D’Ambrosio

I am interested in creating a comparative body of work that contrasts the vastly differing countries of India and Australia. Primarily, this comparison will shed light on the unfortunate, often harsh and always raw living conditions in India. The exploration of this imagery will then be contrasted against the privileged fabric of urban Australia. Essentially I want to explore how the rough living conditions of India become a part of an individuals identity whilst conversely in Australia, the comfortable conditions only act as a temporal backdrop against the humming of our daily lives. I asked the subjects of the images I photographed in Melbourne to imagine if they had to trade places with the people within the image I presented to them, and how the images make them feel. They wrote their responses on the photographs.

Ruffian Timelapse — Rory Dempster & Anna Verbouk

Ruffian Timelapse — Rory Dempster & Anna Verbouk

This project explores the de-individualisation of the home by creating a communal space made up from the personal possessions of the community. The purpose was to build a living space inside the gallery across a day, inviting the public to participate in the art project. A time-lapse was used to record the installations formation across a timespan of 10 hours. This allows the viewer to observe the formation of the installation and the impact each object had on the space.

Facing Forward — Aubrey Comben

Facing Forward — Aubrey Comben

This project aims to personalise the homeless people we often walk past in the streets of Melbourne. Often these people are ignored in the street and not really given a second thought. We may walk past them, or give them money, but usually no conversation or personal interaction is made. For this series I asked each person to show me something they carried with them that was personal to them and their life on the street. I left the question to their own interpretation and asked them to tell me about their item as I photographed them. This allowed me to capture the emotion behind their stories, which is enhanced by their items and their face.

Sleeping Rough — Stephanie Morris

Sleeping Rough — Stephanie Morris

This short film is about the emotional effects of homelessness, from the point of view of a young woman. The film will evoke the danger and fear she experiences in this position. The media’s role in pushing a fear of the night on women will also feature in the film.

Ivana Smiljanic — I live here. This is home

Ivana Smiljanic — I live here. This is home

The concept being explored addresses the realities of homelessness and the necessity to sleep rough when there are no other options available. These photos look at how perceptions of space and home vary depending on your economic and domestic situations; one person may walk past another’s temporary home without a thought as to what it means. This series of photos hopes to change that perception.

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