Other People’s Houses: Brian W. Ferry
Brian Ferry blogs over at the blue hour. He’s also taken photos for Albam and Ralph Lauren, and he’s the tenth photographer taking part in Other People’s Houses.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am from the US – I grew up in Connecticut (where my family still lives).Â I currently live in London, and before that I lived in Brooklyn, NY.Â I’ll be moving back to Brooklyn at the end of 2011.
Where is home for you and why do you live there?
My physical home is a flat in London.Â I work for an American company and I moved to London to work in their office here.Â I’ve been here for almost a year and half, and it’s been a very, very good experience for me.Â My flat is near the Regent’s Canal in Islington, close to the Hackney side.Â I live in this area for a few reasons, but mostly because I prefer east London.Â There is a real sense of character here, it feels accessible and interesting and I’m inspired constantly.Â Plus, I can walk to work in the City in about 20 minutes … my morning walk has become really important to me.
If I had to choose my spiritual home though, I would say the US – my closest friends and my family are there, and no matter how far I move away, I still feel very rooted to the east coast and NYC/Connecticut. Â At the end of this year, I’ll go back to NYC and I’m looking forward to it.
Describe your home.
I live in a terraced house that was built in 1850 or thereabouts.Â By far, it is my favorite place I’ve rented over the years.Â My flat gets plenty of natural light all day long (which is important in London, given how grey and dark it can be!).Â It also has ample space for me and my stuff and a great kitchen (I spend a lot of time in the kitchen).Â It has such great character – original molding along the ceilings, old casement windows, Victorian shutters, and wide plank wooden floors in certain rooms.Â I don’t like living in high-rises or new developments, and so this place is perfect for me.Â Even more importantly (putting aside its physical attributes), my home feels good to me – comfortable, a place where I can relax, cook, work on photographs, daydream, etc.Â At the end of a long day, I am always happy to go home.
How did you approach your photos for the exhibition?
I wanted to do something different for the exhibition.Â Â I thought about “home” and what it means to me.Â I’m very conscious of the stuff that I surround myself with – and I try to have things around me that make me feel good and reflect my personality and interests.Â No matter where I live – various flats and apartments, different countries, different cities & neighborhoods – there are certain items and things that symbolize “home” to me – things I’ve collected along the way that help create a “home” wherever I am.Â So I took photos of some of these things outside of their natural environment, as if I were taking inventory and about to box the items up and move somewhere else.Â No matter where they live, they have come to represent “home.”