As you might have deduced from the “Snooping Around” series, I like looking into other people’s lives. It’s nothing to do with being nosy or intrusive: I don’t wish to seek out gossip or to compare my life with the lives of others. On the contrary, it’s to do with learning about how other people live, understanding why they value some things more than others, and finding inspiration. “Inspiration for what?” you ask. Nothing in particular – I’m not a designer, photographer or artist, and I’m not redecorating. I guess, if anything, it’s more motivation than inspiration that I’m looking for. An idea of what I’m working towards; where all the studying and hard work is leading to.
I’ve always been interested in design (in its broadest sense), but I think studying physics has brought this interest out even more. Physics is very formulaic; not only in the literal sense of formulae, but also in the sense that you follow certain steps to obtain a certain result. There’s not much room for thinking outside the box, or at least not at the undergraduate stage. I find this incredibly stifling, and I’m always looking for an outlet for my creativity. This blog is one outlet (you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find the right word after years of communicating primarily using numbers and formulae), but I also read as many magazines and blogs as possible. I love how stimulating photographs are, how they can make you yearn for something in an instant, be it a holiday, new dress, armchair or even a lifestyle.
An Afternoon With… is a blog with lots of desire-inspiring photographs. Created in 2010 by Michael Mundy and his wife, Nhi Nguyen, the blog is ‘a project about people and their spaces’. Instead of paraphrasing, I’ll c&p what Mundy has to say about their project because I don’t think I could say it more eloquently than he has:
“This is a project about people. It is a project about our space and the things we keep and the things we don’t throw away. It is a project about looking for and finding connections we all have. It is about seeing yourself in these spaces. Every picture is a portrait of the owner – be it a room, an object or a view. Every portrait in the end becomes a self-portrait. So in the end this is a project about me.”
The blog reveals very little about the owners of the homes and, although you could do your own research, it’s nice in a way to see the space as a blank canvas of sorts, and to form your own conclusions, without preconceptions based on the personalities that inhabit the space. Interestingly, whilst providing a certain amount of escapism, the blog also forces me to explore my own personality: the details in which one finds inspiration are, of course, the greatest reflection of one’s personal taste and style. That sounds very pretentious, doesn’t it?? Let’s just say the blog is aaawesome.
Edit: Just found another blog which delves into people’s spaces. Snoop Around was created by Nanna Dís Jónsdóttir (photographer), Valdís Thor (photographer) and Guðni Rúnar Jónasson (columnist), and is based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Check out this computer store that they photographed. Not a living space, but pretty cool, eh?