I’m fortunate enough to have access to many incredible homes, often when the owner isn’t present. I find it fascinating how people curate their spaces and how this tells us so much about their identity.
As a London-based photographer, I shoot a lot of period homes. These older properties already have a story of their own, perhaps occupied by previous generations of the same family. The buildings are usually defined by the reigning monarch at the time of construction (eg Victorian, Georgian, Queen Anne), and Londoners are adept at modernising their interiors whilst retaining period features.
When I work abroad I have more opportunities to photograph new-builds, with a ground-up vision devised by the owner, architect and possibly an interior designer.
I enjoy seeing the contrast between cluttered homes full of possessions, walls covered in artwork and the more clean, minimalist approach. I admire both aesthetics, and in my experience, they are not always applied consciously; some owners inherit or collect items for their home whilst others instinctively shun anything deemed unnecessary. Similarly, the contrast between bold, dark wall colours and light, neutral hues is intriguing.
For this photo essay, I have photographed seven rooms in six properties, including my own home. Each space has a strong identity of its own but also says something about the owner and the kind of environment they want to inhabit. Unlike working on commercial projects I’ve used only available light and have not styled the interior spaces.
Words and photographs by Sean Myers. For more stories like this, subscribe to Esquire Singapore.