Photobook Home is where the Heart is makes up Part II of the installation Peacehaven in III Parts.
Part II of Peacehaven in III Parts, Home is where the Heart is documents the Peacehaven of today. Rather than being represented as another neglected English coastal-resort town Home is where the Heart is opens up a trove of personal stories hidden behind a suburban façade. Back in 1916 Peacehaven’s town founder dreamt of creating a coastal resort to rival that of neighbouring Brighton, advertising cheap ‘homes for heroes’ and attracting media attention (much of which is documented in Passing Through, Part I of Peacehaven in III Parts). Today it appears to be a quiet backwater belonging to no particular era, seeming more representative of the generic ‘suburban town’ than somewhere with a uniquely fascinating past.
Varied, insightful photographic visual encounters are recorded suggesting a glimmer of the suburban lives lived within the town. A multi-genred approached sees street photography capturing the town’s neat rows of bungalows and quiet, treeless streets whilst a series of insightful portraits accompanied by interview excerpts documents local residents at home and a wry eye offers playful reportage-style glimpses of suburban community life.