Photos are clues that can be collected in Silent Hill: Homecoming. They are taken by Joshua Shepherd with a Polaroid camera and left behind in key areas and sometimes hidden away. Their purpose is to provide a background to the people and the story involved in what has befallen Shepherd's Glen. As well as Alex Shepherd's description, Josh also writes notes at the bottom of the photo. There are a total of 11 photos in the duration of the game.
The photos and their accompanying descriptions serve to elaborate on the people of Shepherd's Glen. They also reveal Josh's opinion of the people, and offer subtle clues to the plot and details of the story. For instance, the photo Alex finds of Nora Holloway reveals Nora's fondness of books, her and Josh's opinion of the characters, as well as (if the player notices) the connection Nora has to Asphyxia's design.
Photo 1: Alchemilla Hospital (Otherworld), on a gurney that the blocks the door to the lower-right of the linen room. Features a picture of Robbie the Rabbit.
Photo 2: Town Hall, Central Room, podium. Features Lillian Shepherd and Judge Holloway conversing at the Shepherd residence.
Photo 3: Shepherds Glen Park, on the ground behind the Slide Shows one of Josh's toy spiders looming over a plastic soldier and vehicle.
Photo 4: Shepherds' house, backyard, backpack hanging on the fence. An image of a skinned animal from Adam Shepherd's hunting room.
Photo 5: Grand Hotel, 3rd Floor, on the door behind the painting that leads to room 206. In the picture, Joey Bartlett is seen in the Shepherds' treehouse.
Photo 6: Sheriff's Station, behind the door the the Schism breaks out of after the cutscene with Wheeler. This image is obscured with other papers and shows Adam and Deputy Wheeler talking together.
Photo 7: Sewers, in a small alcove after the main drain chamber. It is located on the ground between two pipes, and shows Nora Holloway on the Town Hall steps.
Photo 8: Dr. Fitch's Office, in the backroom on the counter. It is the same room with numerous dolls, and even the picture itself is of Scarlet Fitch with her dolls.
Photo 9: Shepherds Glen, on the ground in front of the Missing Persons Billboard (can be found during the Town Hall chapter). It is imperative for the player to go through the parking lot of Rose Heights Cemetery in order to reach te picture by this point in the game. Features Curtis Ackers outside of his junkyard.
Photo 10: Shepherd Family House Attic, on the box to the right. Expresses Alex Shepherd gasping in surprise, and is the same picture that is taken in the "Surprise!" ending.
Photo 11: Church, East wing, in the bloodied baptism font. Shows a dead-looking Joshua taking a self-portrait at a mirror.
- Collecting all the photos in the Xbox 360 version of the game gives you the achievement Josh's Gallery.
- Alex's picture is collected before it was actually taken by Joshua at the end of the game.