Boundary Place is a series of work looking at the physical borders shaped by the edge of the city, and the psychological ones between those that live there. It explores the subject of urban sprawl, whilst also looking at how the physical proximity to others can simultaneously create an absence of contact and make people withdraw from their surroundings.
Within the photographs of these areas trends start to appear and qualities of certain houses are noticeable. Suddenly these houses seem to mimic a dream of country living, set within the mock cottages and replica Tudor houses that are so desirable in the suburbs. This acts as the realisation of a dream, the dream of the buyer to live in the countryside, when the reality is that they are only living where the countryside used to be, and that the desire to ‘get away from it all’, can no longer be substantiated as the new occupants bring the city life with them. It is this new distorted version of the countryside that is in truth the latest additions to the city, which are ever expanding to accommodate the growing population. Within this growth, it is only natural for people to strive to create an identity, to stand out from the rows of duplicate houses. However, it is the identity of the person that they want you to see, a projected persona of the perfect home-maker. It is because of this that it is possible to look at this work almost as a series of portraits of these invented personalities.
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