Photographer: Dana Popa
I like to explore people's intimate space and luckily I was accepted fast in Toma's house. I was pleased with this first step since we had only just met. When I arrived at her house, I could not believe my eyes. It looked as if it had been a flat ready to be rented out, so hard had she cleaned the place – spotless and objectless.
The only thing that reminded of somebody living in the house was a plastic box full of toys, but it was well covered by a lid and shoved under the staircase. Everything was so incredibly neat and clean, with no trace of daily life or anyone's life there. Disappointing.
So after a while and a few shots I decided I could photograph her in the garden, where I could see I am in London and there was also some laundry drying in the sun. I ended up using one of these portraits.
Taking part in this project means reassurance for my photography practice. It was a great experience and since I have been dealing with migration issues in my work, the theme was close to my interests.
by Dana Popa, photographer - www.danapopa.com