At the bottom of a box of old family photographs I discovered a few loose strips of eroded and damaged film negatives which I scanned and restored to their best potential. The resulting images depict me as a child of six providing a snapshot tour of the sparsely furnished North Carolina home into which my family had recently settled from the UK. These images chart the birth of a suburban American existence. Though we inhabited the shell, we were yet to obtain the corresponding paraphernalia or to engage in the practices integral to this suburban life.
These photographs pinpoint the beginnings of further design-based investigations into the relationship between suburban architecture and the 'materialities of certainty' which uphold and reinforce these practices.