Home…? Home? Home?!

by Akash Anil Nair 

Think bout it, what’s home? And what isn’t home? And importantly whose idea of home?

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Photograph I

A photograph of an owl, taken so that the bars of its cage are out of focus in the foreground. The owl has tawny feathers and wide, piercing yellow eyes. It is gazing out to the left of the photograph, with a quizzical look on its face.


Photograph II

A pelican sits upon a log suspended above a body of water. The log has a soft fuzz of moss growing on it, giving it a weathered appearance. The water is a deep green-brown colour, with dappled light falling onto it. In the top right corner a splash of light dazzles the eye - the pelican appears to be looking in this direction.The pelican itself is regal, with a beautiful orange eye and lovely white feathers. The feathers are slightly ruffled - suggesting it has endured an arduous journey to get here.


Photograph III

A rock dove sits astride a flower. It’s feet stand vertically above the flower, but it leans forward so its head is turned completely upside down. The dove is inspecting the bright red flower with a quizzical look - attempting to ascertain what lies within its petals.

Photograph IV

A photograph of a white bird coming in to land on a body of water. Most of the water lies in shadow, with a splash of light illuminating only a shallow, plant covered river bed. The white feathers of the bird stand in stark relief to the surrounding shadow - the thrust of the birds large beak is perpendicular to the plane of its wings. Its wings are slightly skew-whiff - the bird is landing at an angle


Photography by: 
Akash Anil Nair

Akash would like to thank the Creative Arts Officers, Vaishnavi and Merryn, and Steph (Mudfest Creative Producer for Visual Arts). I wouldn’t have done it without your support!


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.