Ohh, This Is Home Too

What does it mean to be at home?

What makes a place a home?

When do we decide ‘this’ is home?

How do we choose a home?

“Toronto is where I feel comfortable and more represented than even at home in Trinidad. So now, living in Toronto when I walk down any street and see the entire world in front of me I see faces and hear voices from all corners of the world and that is unifying feeling.  I feel creatively claustrophobic when I’m in Trinidad. But I do miss my family, the food and the light heartedness of people’s reactions to serious situations.”  -Stephen, Home 1: Trinidad

“Toronto is where I feel comfortable and more represented than even at home in Trinidad. So now, living in Toronto when I walk down any street and see the entire world in front of me I see faces and hear voices from all corners of the world and that is unifying feeling.

I feel creatively claustrophobic when I’m in Trinidad. But I do miss my family, the food and the light heartedness of people’s reactions to serious situations.”

-Stephen, Home 1: Trinidad

“I may not have parents who spoil me like a 12 year old in Toronto, but Toronto is where I feel like a grown-up individual, a friend and a neighbour who’s got enough room in her heart to reach out a helping hand or pass on a smile to anyone who might be feeling like my 12 year old self.  Growing up in two distinctly different cities, I’ve learned to look past the negative feelings of being divided and rather find the joys that make me feel at home in each place.”  -Gloria, Home 1: Korea

“I may not have parents who spoil me like a 12 year old in Toronto, but Toronto is where I feel like a grown-up individual, a friend and a neighbour who’s got enough room in her heart to reach out a helping hand or pass on a smile to anyone who might be feeling like my 12 year old self.

Growing up in two distinctly different cities, I’ve learned to look past the negative feelings of being divided and rather find the joys that make me feel at home in each place.”

-Gloria, Home 1: Korea

“Toronto feels like home because it makes me feel hugged somehow. I feel welcomed and now I have this beautiful circle of loving people around me who I can call family.”  -Jess, Home 1: Brazil

“Toronto feels like home because it makes me feel hugged somehow. I feel welcomed and now I have this beautiful circle of loving people around me who I can call family.”

-Jess, Home 1: Brazil

“When I really felt like Toronto was home I was standing on the beach in Barbados telling a friend I was sad to be leaving to go home. It was March 2017 just after accepting my promotion and I decided to stay in Toronto. That was the first time I’d really referred to Toronto as home or thought of it that way. It was a strange feeling for me because it had technically been my home for two years but yet I had never associated it with being home.”  -Alexandra, Home 1: Barbados

“When I really felt like Toronto was home I was standing on the beach in Barbados telling a friend I was sad to be leaving to go home. It was March 2017 just after accepting my promotion and I decided to stay in Toronto. That was the first time I’d really referred to Toronto as home or thought of it that way. It was a strange feeling for me because it had technically been my home for two years but yet I had never associated it with being home.”

-Alexandra, Home 1: Barbados

This series explores the feeling of adopting a new place as home. specifically Toronto and the guidelines are for each subject to choose their favourite part of the city for the shoot and to hold an object that reminds them of home.

Ohh, This is Home Too (2) is an homage to Canada and it’s welcoming nature and the ability to start again. It is an ongoing project where I aim to increase the diversity to represent all ages, classes and races.

If your second home is Toronto and you’re interested in being part of this project you can contact me at rhimarquez@gmail.com