We are living in a "homesick world"

According to a report by the United Nations in 2020, 3.6 percent of the world’s population live in a country where they were not born. Increased mobility and forced or voluntary immigration have created what sociologist Jan Willem Duyvendak calls “a homesick world.” Many of those who leave their homelands long to go back to the place where they have family ties, emotional bonds, and cultural affiliations. As a photographer, my camera has always connected me to the people and the environment surrounding me. Many barriers separate me and my camera from my new surroundings. Photographing these barriers allows me to preserve and reflect on my experience of being in-between. The visual diary I have been keeping helps me to start building new memories and a sense of belonging in a place that is not yet home.