We don’t usually promote our own projects, but Shutter Hub project manager Jayne Lloyd has been working on a project about people who live and work in the same space and it seemed relevant to share this now, as many more people adjust to working remotely.
As photographers, lots of us are freelance and work from home most of the time – we’d love to see how you approach it and if you’ve got any tips, which we can share on the blog. Let’s help inspire and encourage those who aren’t so used to it!
We asked Jayne to tell us about her project, Home/Work…
I’ve been freelance since 2013 and when I’m not on location for a shoot or meetings I work from home. When I do venture out, I meet a lot of other people that work from home and I’m fascinated by the range of industries and enterprises working away behind ordinary front doors.
I have a space I work in and particular structures to my day and like everyone else I often wonder how these habits and setups compare to what other people do, so I decided to ask if I could photograph some of these spaces. I’m interested in how people create their workspaces and how the lines between home and work are defined or blurred. Sometimes there is a distinct line where home ends and work begins – a door that closes, a garden office; in others there is no distinction – the workspace is shared with the playroom or is tucked behind the kitchen door.
The concept of home and people’s relationships with places and things are recurring themes in my work, so although I did photograph the people themselves, the focus of the project is the workspace. I like investigating how spaces that were designed for home life have been adapted for work, seeing the signs of family incorporated into a workspace and hearing about the choices they’ve made and the experiences they have had.
I asked each participant to share the reasons they choose to work in this way, their favourite aspects (flexible working, being close to family), the difficulties (fully ‘switching off’ from work)
For some, their homes help with their work in less obvious ways – Sue is a town planning consultant with an interest in projects of a heritage nature, living and working in a listed building gives clients trust in her ability to value heritage buildings.
Ben runs a design agency from his home, he likes the flexibility and lack of commute, but finds the distraction of family life difficult at times. “Today for example my dog ate a load of chocolate and I had to immediately drop everything to take him to the vet. I couldn’t do that if I worked for someone or was perhaps working in a studio – so I guess it’s also a benefit of home working in a way.”
I aim to continue the project to photograph the workspaces of lots of different people, working in a wide range of industries, but all of whom work from their home or within the grounds of their home.
If you’d like to send us views from your workspace or tips on working from home please share them via this Working From Home call for entries – we’ll put them into a blog to share with our readers!
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