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Joe Horner

For photographer Joe Horner, days at home are made up of Everybody Loves Raymond, good coffee and lots of time in the garden. His love for nature started with collecting ladybirds in jars with his mum when he was little and has carried on through his work and in his home. 

Many of us have spent more time at home than ever before over the last two years. How has your relationship to home changed in recent times? 

If I’m honest there hasn’t really been much of a change. My wife Meg and I are both freelancers and work a lot from home. I would say things like the lockdown solidified my feelings of being content in my own home. And I love that Meg and I get to sit down pretty much everyday and take an hour to sit and have lunch together. The little things really matter. 

How do you start your days at home? 

My day usually starts with a coffee and a re-run of Everybody Loves Raymond or Frasier!

Tell us a bit about your favourite room in your house?

The living room is probably my favourite room. It’s at the front of our house with a large bay window and the light changes in there throughout the day as the sun moves. I’m all about the Vitamin D and it’s a nice, bright space to work and relax in. 

What are you most looking forward to about summer at home? 

The flowers I have planted in my garden finally blooming. The garden really comes to life in summer.

In your work as a photographer, you work a lot with nature, with flowers and it feels like you see life in full colour. Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with nature and when your love for plants and flowers began? 

Thank you for saying that. A big part of my practice comes from growing up with my mum who was an avid gardener. She instilled an interest in nature, from back I was a kid collecting ladybirds in jam jars to who I am now. 

Last book you got lost in:  

An old book of Netsuke. I’m fascinated in the way in which the art is created.

Favourite comfort food to cook at home:

Always look to make a puttanesca. Simple and tasty.

Prettiest garden in the UK: 

My mums garden is beautiful although I might be a bit biased there. 

You can swap houses with anyone in the world, who do you choose and why?

 I would love a peak around Hockney’s home.

Best advice you've ever been given? 

Stay hydrated. 

Proudest moment in your career so far: 

Winning the Portrait Of Britain Award.

Your most treasured piece of furniture: 

A side-table I made in lockdown. 

A scent that makes you think of home: 

Pipe tobacco, because of my dad and sweetpeas, because of my mum.

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