Other People’s Houses: Victoria Hannan
In the lead up to the exhibition (it opens a week on Thursday!), Iâ€™ve been asking all the photographers some questions about what home means to them. Yesterday we had the lovely Kate Miss. Today, it’s my turn.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born in Adelaide, Australia where I lived until I was 20. Then I lived in Brisbane before moving to Manchester. I’ve been in London for three and a half years now.
Where is home for you and why do you live there?
I spent a month in Australia over Christmas and while it felt easy to be there, I craved and missed the life I’d made in London. So I guess I have two homes. There’s the one I grew up in, the one where my family is, the easy option. And then there’s London: a place where it’s not unusual for me to feel alone, challenged, inspired, frustrated and in love, all in one day. Where your mood can be turned on its head by the tiniest of things, where it feels as though anything is possible
Describe your home.
I live in a big house in De Beauvoir Town, a sweet little area in Dalston. My house is beautiful. There are original Victorian windows, a sprawling garden that’s home to a fox, and some of the warmest, smartest, most interesting people you’ll ever meet. The house isn’t ours, most of the furniture isn’t either. But the feeling I get when I come home isÂ exactly as I want it.
How did you approach your photos for the exhibition?
I had ideas but the minute I saw the way the evening light was dancing across the walls, the lines and shapes and shadows it made, everything changed and I spent two days chasing the light around the house.