Camp Home is a long-term photography based project, documenting the experience of people who have moved back “home” after living independently for any given period of time.
Stemming from the topic of housing affordability, “Camp Home” in its primary stage focuses on individuals that have moved back in with their immediate family and explores their journey, current situation and experience. Concerned with the idea of “Home” and the implications of moving back home , Is multi-generational living actually possible in a Western contemporary culture/context, where success and independency is so closely tied in with property ownership?
Multi-generational living has been & continues to be the norm for any cultures around the world and has been on a constant rise in Australia since 2006. According to studies, one in five Australian households has adults from two or more generations living under one roof and those numbers are projected to grow. However, under the notion of growth and success being measured by property ownership (leading to the notion of financial independence) moving home is currently seen by many as a sign of failure, of being lost & unsuccessful.
Having experienced both the benefits and obstacles that multi-generational living presents first hand and coming from a culture where living with your parents and even extended family is often practiced, I was initially interested in how my people were finding this experience. This soon led to many questions such as Why are they home? How did this effect their relationship with their parents? Did it have any effect on their personal/ professional life? What were the positive or negative effects? How long did they intend to stay? Was there a silver lining? Were they happy they did it? Did they have an alternative?
Camp Home is the first installment of a larger body of work concerned with the domestic, the family, the self, multi-generational living & the current socio-economic climate that strongly impacts the lives of many families and individuals.