The WordPress Photo 101 assignment: take a photograph representing what “home” looks like or means to me.
I’ve chosen an admittedly “busy” photo. Some objects are easily identifiable, some are not.
The piano and mandolin represent the importance of music in my life, and how a home filled with music is often a happy one. The framed print on the wall is a photo taken in Ghana by my girlfriend, a professional photojournalist who cares deeply about the people she photographs. Her compassionate art is important to me and deserves a prominent place in our home.
The unidentifiable — parkas that convert to sleeping bags. These were delivered today, and are going to be given to homeless people in Syracuse, NY. The items were donated by a friend in California. They are made by The Empowerment Plan, a not-for-profit in Detroit that hires homeless women and trains them to be seamstresses.
It’s fitting that they arrived today before this assignment about “home.” I have a modest, comfortable home. Many among us do not. So I included two of these coats/sleeping bags in the photo. My friend sent 10 to me, and another 10 to his daughter in Chicago to distribute there.