Thanks to everyone who participated in the “home” photo competition. Y’all turned in some really great photos with some awesome reasons for why you chose that one as your entrance. I’ve decided that, at least for this photo competition, I would like to leave the winner to a vote. So, what will happen is you and anyone you ask can vote for your photo once a day. So make sure you link people to this post so they can vote for your photo!! Don’t be afraid to use twitter, facebook, email, and your blogs to get your votes up! The place to vote is on the right side of my blog. The polls will close Sunday night. Then, I’ll announce the winner of the Amazon Gift Card on Monday!
**Important: you can vote once every 24 hours. So if you voted at 12:30pm, you can’t vote again until after 12:30 pm the next day. Keep that in mind!!**
Now to your photos! I’ll post these in alphabetical order by first name:
So here is a pretty looking plantain box. How does that represent home? Well, I have moved from Texas to Atlanta, and most recently to Phoenix, Arizona. Home was hard for me to pin-point, and even now is a continually changing definition. My husband Jose and I just got married and are living in our first “home.” We found this plantain box the first week we moved here and decided to use it as a fruit holder. It might sound silly to be excited about a plantain box, but this is the first time in my life I have my own kitchen. Jose and I love food, and I also love my culture’s food. Jose embraces my Latin roots and that is one of the things I absolutely love about him. Eating platanos takes me back to my childhood home. Plus, look at those pink puffy balls — I LOVE decor. The box embraces my roots (and in turn my childhood home), my passion for the arts, and a piece of my first home as Mrs. Vidal.
I took this photo right after the big snowstorm this year. It immediately made me think of the song “Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk. I love it because although I only meant to take a picture of the house covered in snow, I caught Kyle and Isabelle playing in the yard. It really captures home to me because home is all about family and cherishing every moment with them.
When I think of my childhood home, I always think of my mother’s kitchen table: the countless meals that we ate together as a family there, the mornings spent birdwatching through the huge picture window while eating breakfast, after-dinner chores and wiping down the table following the grains of the oak and its honey-stain.
But that is her home, which is now a place I go to visit.
When I think of home today, I think of our wrap-around, appalachian-styled porch. It’s the “heart” of activity in our home:
Sitting on the steps eating lunch in the sun.
Curled up on one of the old church pews with hot tea as the night settles in.
Standing in the doorway talking with a neighbor or a friend who dropped by for a spell.
Swaying in a rocking chair looking out through the trees to the blue ridges beyond.
And, lately, getting down on my hands and knees to play blocks on its worn surface with my little girl.
Obviously, I don’t live in NYC, but I do consider NY to be my “home.” It’s where I was born. I worked there, proposed to my wife there and fell in love with photography there. This was actually made circa 1993 from Weehauken, NJ.
Home: To me is a place where you can be yourself; be it with family or friends.
Home is a place of comfort, good times, crazy fun, and all around enjoyment.This picture reminds me of how my family is my home. My Mom the crazy cookie one, my Dad who denies attachment (though only jokingly-you know he loves us), my brother who supports and instigates our craziness, and Ale my long lost sister who shares my passion and adoration for the arts.
No matter where we go, when we are together, we are home. ^_^
I picked this picture for two reasons:
1) For me, home is the place where you can find your family, and this one has my family in it, playing and having a good time.
2) Home is also the place where you can take a relaxing bath in the kitchen sink, and then put on your rabbit-head towel and frolic naked before you have your pre-bedtime bottle of milk. Obviously.
So there you have it! Please vote for your favorite at the poll at the top of the sidebar to the right, and feel free to also leave a comment for these contestants telling they why you picked their photo.