What makes up the feeling of being at home? Nostalgia, physical presence of love or family, comfort. There is a general sense that one is the most honest and true version of themselves when they are in a place called “home.” That a “home” is a physical place that strips the whole world away and centers one within themselves. As I grew up, I began to wonder whether home has to be a place at all. In terms of citizenship, I only belong to one country, but I have spent the past 17 years in continuous movement, in and out of 64. For me, home has never been a place but a feeling or emotion that can manifest itself anytime, anywhere. I didn’t have an answer to the questions I was asking myself, so I picked up my camera and began searching. I looked within my name, my nationality, and the people I love, searching for this feeling of being at home in a place and in oneself. Using overlays and multimedia collages, I was able to contrast the past and present. I’m still not sure that I have the answer I was looking for, but I have realized that it is not so clear-cut. It is a combination of love, comfort, and memories. And sometimes it can not be explained by any of these things. It is a mix of emotions that can rarely be expressed through words, but that I hope I was able to capture through these photographs.
Dagmar Rothschild is a photographer based in New York City. She moves among a variety of different disciplines, including photojournalism, street photography, and documentary photography. Her work places an emphasis on storytelling whether from a personal or global perspective. Moving around frequently from a young age, she began to realize the power within a lens. Her work is inspired by a variety of photojournalists such as Robert Frank, Walker Evans, and Dorothea Lange. Her documentary practices often incorporate archival images and text and focus on her childhood and the impact that seeing so much of the world at a young age had on her. Recently she has interned for photojournalist John Olson and has been working for the Chatham Press, a newspaper in upstate New York. Dagmar is a junior at The Dalton School and is currently enrolled in the yearlong Teen Academy Imagemakers program at the International Center of Photography.