This story is the first of our new feature series on notions of home — for many of us, our home is in multiple places — where we were raised, where our parents are from, where we feel the most safe, where we feel the most connected to the world.
In 2015 and at age 17, photographer John Delante moved from Cebu to Toronto, leaving his childhood behind. “Child-like and naive, I searched for comfort around me, but felt alien in my environment. I was holding on to what I knew from the past because I was afraid that I couldn’t succeed in what was meant to be my new home.”
Today, FAR–NEAR brings together two photo series by Delante, Finding Comfort Under the Sky and Repose and Renewal. An old passport photo, an heirloom rosary and a St. Nino, the former gathers objects brought from Cebu to Toronto. The latter is a portrait series from the photographer’s first visit back to Cebu; an attempt to rekindle intimacy with childhood friends after seven years apart.
“Understanding how time and distance has changed us, I photographed them in place of the feelings I couldn’t convey.”
I photographed this snail as it was climbing down from a branch. I thought it’d be interesting to photograph it because they always carry their shells, or their home. It reminded me of myself.
A family heirloom given by my grandparents before I left for Canada. I placed it in a branch to mimic a family tree.
I photographed my friends after a long hike. We live in a rural area and communicate through hiking. They are my neighbors and school peers whom I’ve known for more than 12 years.
Sean and I met in elementary school. We instantly became friends because we share similar interests in music, art and a bit of fashion. Also, our birthdays are only a day apart in June. We often don’t see each other but remain close to this day.