By Liz Obert
A photograph of a room is a portrait of the person who inhabits it. The bedroom is the most private room in the home. It is a room where the most mundane and the most intimate acts take place. By taking photos of it, I am giving a viewer a glimpse into the owner’s often hidden life. I want the viewer to become a voyeur looking into someone else’s personal space.
When I take these images, I ask the owner not to clean up the room, but rather leave it as it normal appears. It is important that these spaces are authentic and don’t have the façade that the more public rooms in the house might.
By keeping the identity of the bedroom owners anonymous, I am asking the viewer to construct their own images of the occupants. Every object in the image becomes a clue to their personality. The items in the room tell the story.