Photographer Jonathan Donovan is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From his project ‘No Place Like Home‘. To listen to their stories click on any image.
Set against the backdrop of the housing crisis, No Place Like Home is a series of photographic portraits and audio testimonies of Londoners in their homes, from subways to mansions.
Arresting and compelling, No Place Like Home investigates Londoners’ complex emotional relationships to their diverse living situations through photograph and voice and looks at the way we form homes and the unique relationships we have to them, whatever and wherever they may be.
The contrasting relationship between the images and the audio in No Place Like Home means that the subject doubles as an aperture to explore wider themes of immigration, race, gender, and class. Establishing a dialogue between entrenched positions in society, Jonathan seeks to subvert stereotypes by using personal stories depicting the complexity of people’s housing needs, to counterbalance the oft oversimplified depictions in the news.
The culmination of an 18 month collaboration with over a hundred participants and several community organisations, including Shelter and the YMCA, No Place Like Home reveals and celebrates the diversity of Londoners’ living situations – a complexity largely absent in the media – and it enlightens, moves and educates, offering a unique glimpse into community and domestic space that stays with its viewers.