My Bedroom (Home Series) 2021
by Abigail Pfortmueller
My practice focuses on my personal connection to mental health and issues that arose as a result of the interpersonal dynamics of my family. My photography rests in a place between staged and documentary and also incorporates elements of still life and portraiture.
For the images of my latest series, Home, I used a large-format camera to amplify the objects and spaces themselves, picturing them in startling clarity and providing the viewer with myriad details to compel them to look closer.
Home (My Bedroom) focuses on my difficult connection to my childhood home. Since my parents’ divorce, I have had a strained relationship with the spaces in which I grew up and spent the majority of my life. The images depict rooms filled to the brim with memories, featuring a cascade of charged objects. The photographed spaces are inhabited daily yet look completely abandoned.
I captured my mother’s home as I found it on the day of the shoot, unflinchingly, and offer the viewer a look into the lives of those who inhabit it. The images portray a family that has gone through many difficult times, evidenced by a home in a state of disarray.