Make yourself at home
After a few months of traveling documentary photographer Renata decided upon starting a personal project. With the goal to preserve the openness of new encounters she experienced during her travels. The result is the ongoing series ‘Make yourself at home’’.
As she was without a home at that moment she wondered what daily life looks like in different households over the world. Therefore she lived during 7 days in 8 different places. Renata noticed that there are plenty of differences but the core of every household is about sharing personal moments.
Her fascination about people within their personal space made her want to get to know more about their life story. While taking a ride in a friends car she became aware how it feels to be in other people’s personal space and how it affects you as a guest. According to Renata being among the objects and furniture the subjects collect, revealed a lot about their identity.
She wondered how it would be to take part of people’s habits. Renata challenged herself by adopting the patterns of the household she was temporarily living in. She dove into the pattern of how people live, by eating the same food, sleeping and waking up at the same time and following the daily life and activities. Being part of these experiences whilst not influencing the routine was a struggle in time. As Renata was not directing people, the first days she was treated as a visitor. During these days taking unaware photos of the people living there was a challenge. By time this faded away and Renata was able to become part of the ‘furniture’.