Not everything that is hidden is negative. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ began with an idea about exploring the interests and habits of individuals in their alone time, leaning towards the idea that we don’t necessarily hide things because we are ashamed or don’t want to relive a certain experience. There are certain things that are hidden by default, simply because they are not done in public or not often discussed.
For this piece I decided to explore what people do in the privacy of their alone time, after we’ve all gone home for the day and retreated into our homes. It looks at people’s interests, hobbies and activities they like to partake in during their spare time, along with individual habits or behaviours.
I interviewed two friends from University; Patrick Harris, 18, studying Communications and Media and Emma Peden, 19, studying Performance. Both discussed their musical inclination, having been playing instruments and taking lessons since they were young, as well as non-productive habits that they do when they’re alone. They both admitted to turning up music, dancing and acting out scenes or scenarios, which leads me to think that perhaps the way we are all spending our alone time isn’t so strange after all.
This topic was also interesting to me in terms of exploring the social aspect, with individuals opening up about parts of their lives that they don’t necessarily confide to people they interact with on a daily basis. It is not necessarily because they are embarrassed or don’t want people to know, however in the self-centred society we live in, it may be the mere fact that we never get asked.
The concept of alone time is an important one that isn’t overly prioritised by many people, but one that has many benefits. It is fundamental to self-development and allows you to unwind and recharge. Marya Mannes summarises the following benefit:
“Solitude gives you an opportunity to discover yourself and find your own voice. When you’re a part of a group, you’re more likely to go along with what the group is doing or thinking, which isn’t always the actions you would take or the decisions you would make if you were on your own.” (2012)
Private alone time allows us to do whatever we want. Thus, we learn more, do more and create more, resulting in more exciting and stimulating individuals with talents to explore and quirks to share.