Second Nature by Sarah Malakoff

Issue 56

We curate our most intimate spaces to create an environment that elicits responses ranging from relaxation, sophistication, to adventurousness. Our tastes, personalities, quirks and culture are expressed through our décor choices – sometimes intentionally, but often without realizing bits of our most authentic selves have seeped to the surface.

The photographs in Second Nature are a collection of private spaces that ask the viewer to imagine the people who inhabit them. We see both the unique ways we live behind closed doors, as well as the universal impulse to control our environment. In my images, the home is seen as both a refuge from and at times a re-creation of the outside world. For example, doors and windows can both frame exterior views and serve to keep the elements at bay. Landscape, weather, and wildlife lurk outside the walls even as they are brought safely inside in the form of pattern, simulation, and domesticated animals. Tensions and humor appear between absence and presence, genuine and artificial, the domestic and the natural worlds.

Sarah Malakoff lives and works in Boston, MA.
To view more of Sarah's work, please visit her website.

You can purchase the photograph "Untitled Interior (B in white room)" from Fraction Editions.

  Untitled Interior (binoculars) 

Untitled Interior (binoculars) 

  Untitled Interior (telescopes) 

Untitled Interior (telescopes) 

  Untitled Interior (marsh) 

Untitled Interior (marsh) 

  Untitled Interior (german shepherds) 

Untitled Interior (german shepherds) 

  Untitled Interior (B in white room) 

Untitled Interior (B in white room) 

  Untitled Interior (planet book) 

Untitled Interior (planet book) 

  Untitled Interior (sofa and tree) 

Untitled Interior (sofa and tree) 

  Untitled Interior (fur wall) 

Untitled Interior (fur wall) 

  Untitled Interior (dictionary) 

Untitled Interior (dictionary) 

  Untitled Interior (world) 

Untitled Interior (world) 

  Untitled Interior (aquarium) 

Untitled Interior (aquarium) 

  Untitled Interior (house stairway) 

Untitled Interior (house stairway) 

 U ntitled Interior (boat bar) 

Untitled Interior (boat bar) 

  Untitled Interior (canoe table) 

Untitled Interior (canoe table) 

  Untitled Interior (green stairwell) 

Untitled Interior (green stairwell) 

  Untitled Interior (loulou) 

Untitled Interior (loulou) 

  Untitled Interior (blizzard) 

Untitled Interior (blizzard) 

  Untitled Interior (lion) 

Untitled Interior (lion) 

  Untitled Interior (deer couch) 

Untitled Interior (deer couch) 

  Untitled Interior (red lanterns) 

Untitled Interior (red lanterns)