Thursday, 14 July 2011

The Burning House

A question is posed: "If your house was burning, what would you take with you?" Foster Huntington says it's "a conflict between what's practical, valuable, and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question." And so began The Burning House project where anyone and everyone can upload a photograph depicting their answer. Some are a bit silly, a few are super practical and realistic. Others a bit to 'ooh, look how arty I can be with my stuff all folded up so neatly and how many fancy pants camera I have'. Hmmm. Wankers. I selected a few I liked, for lots of different reasons. Some (like the first one) just for the tones in the photo itself, not the contents. Anyways, have a look and jump online for the full unedited version. And what the hey, contribute yourself! Lel x
Name: Natália Leal. Age: 15. Location: Brasilia, Brazil. Occupation: Student. List:
• My vinyl records • Glasses • My favorite shirt • My red All Star’s • My favorite high heels • My Green Day dvd • My McFLY dvd • My Beatles dvd • My box of letters (the All Star box) • My old Konica C35 camera • The letter that i received from my best friends on my 15th birthday • My swiss army knife • My favorite bag
Name: Ty Mooney. Age: 26. Location: Orange County, California. Occupation: Designer / Student. List:
• Journals from the ages of 21-26, chronicling my life in New York • Key necklace • Grandfather’s WWII dog tag • Fortunes collected from the Chinese place in front of my old apartment • Grandfather’s Bucherer watch • Woven bracelet found on 23rd Street • Picture of me and my sister on my first day of kindergarten • Jack Kerouac’s “The Dharma Bums,” favorite book of all time • Paintbrush from a trip to China
Name: Jason Broaddus. Age: 30. Location: Chicago, IL. Occupation: Photographer, Social Worker. List:
• My Grandfather’s best spatula ever • Android phone • 1TB external hard drive filled with years of photos, documents and research • iPod- can’t take public transit without it • Bose headphones • Passport • Painting from our friend, Tim Rees’, 1st gallery opening, where I took my (now) fiance on our 2nd date- the painting holds a bit of an inside joke • My glasses- I’d be blind without them • Lens-cloth for my glasses • Grandpa’s handkerchief- there’s nothing like a good one • Camera, f2.8 24-70mm and f2.8 70-200mm lenses • My family history book (mother’s side) • My favorite watch • Grandfather’s wedding ring • My lucky wool hat • Wallet • Paisley sheet given to me by my fiance to protect my fair skin from sunburn on last year’s hiking trip
Name: Samantha Tobia. Age: 20. Location: Stow, Massachusetts or Poughkeepsie, New York. Occupation: Social work and polisci student. List:
• Red winter jacket • Birkenstock sandals • Espadrilles from Buenos Aires- perfect for swing dancing in • Box of childhood photos • Wallet • Passport • External hard drive with everything on my computer • Hand-knit hat from rural North West Argentina • A charango from Villazon, Bolivia (a musical instrument I have yet to master) • And a ‘Feed’ bag, a high school graduation present from my sister, to hold it all
Name: Brenda Bell. Age: 60. Location: Pinetop, Arizona White Mountains (wild fire country May/June). Occupation: Homemaker. List:
• My dog, Baby Val and treats for him • My husband Larry and treats for him • Peanut butter and crackers, peanuts, candy and gum • A spork (spoon/fork) • Hand warmers • Wool hat • Lots of money (small dimensions) and change • Emergency first aid kit and zip lock bags • Matches
Name: Martha Wasacz. Location: San Francisco, USA. Occupation: Investor/Collector. List:
• Painting of a boxer, circa 1935 • 2 glass men. A gift I bought for my father and reclaimed after his death • Set of Tombow pencils in a roll case • Vintage mug shots and ID photos. Source material for the drawings I am working on • My sketch books containing completed portraits • My boots • iPad2 with headphones • iPhone.
Name: Sandra Belanger. Age: 52. Location: Briones, California. Occupation: Anthropologist, Spirit Medium. List:
• African Gray Parrot and best friend, Horus • Toshiba Laptop • Hard drive with 10 years of EVP research • Tektite from Gobi desert.
My house burned to the ground in 1977, lost everything. I learned that material possessions are unimportant. However, in a pinch I would take the hard drive and Horus and leave everything else. Am about to get a safe deposit box to keep an extra hard drive in so I would just take Horus and come back and dig the tektite out of the ashes. Word to all the folks with big piles of stuff: You have way less time than you think.
Name: Brett Rogowski. Age: 38. Location: Pennsylvania, United States. Occupation: Programmer, Photographer, Runner. List:
• Trusty knife • Willow Tree Dad with baby (we had such a hard time conceiving our first child - this gift moved me) • Medals from many, many, many marathons • Wallet • My favorite Mizuno Racing shoes • Change of clothes for my two girls / pacifier from the hospital. Only one that works • Paper mache cat that my wife and I both had when we met • My guitar (the only item that has survived more than 15 years with me) • Wine from 2008 the day my first daughter was born (Big Sur Marathon) • Gimli my trusty pug
• Gimli’s treats • Illegal fireworks • Box of misc flowers given to me from my wife over 11 years ago • Red Pepper • Glasses • My favorite pen • Memory cards • iPhone and iPad • 50mm and 125mm leneses • Canon 40D (not shown) • Dell 2600 - my life is almost completely digital now • Painting from 2005 of a moth in monochromatic
Name: Laura Pritchett. Age: 24. Location: Southern Delaware. Occupation: Artist. List:
• The unglamorous but practical galoshes that I wear most often • A painting I am (almost) satisfied with
• An irreplaceable blouse which has no tag and I have no idea who made it, but love • The wooden clothes hanger from my grandfather’s closet • The perfectly weathered belt I am rarely without • Candid shot of grandfather and his car • The last remnant of family plaid my grandmother brought back from Ireland • Keys from my childhood scavenging • 1957 edition of the Fanny Farmer Cookbook with my grandmother’s and mother’s recipe alterations handwritten in the margins • The bit I trained two horses with • Klein bag with my well broken in sable brushes • The hatchet my great grandfather used to build his house • The Ball jar that I keep all of my flash drives in • Family Bible • Moleskine journal I kept while traveling in Uganda • First fabric sample produced by with my design for Ugandan tailors • iPhone
Name: Marie W Matta. Age: 25. Location: Detroit Michigan. Occupation: architect, in training. List:
• selected sketchbooks from architecture school + WD hard drive containing every drawing I’ve ever made • B+L red cat-eyes • ever-present turquoise rings • assorted personal ephemera, mostly photographic history • minolta SLR, formerly my mother’s • gifted leather klein tools toolbag • dogeared selection of favorite books • trusted phone and well-worn wallet • italian knit fisherman’s sweater from salvation army • two most loved pairs of shoes: beat up brogues + all-star hi tops • architectural model from my senior thesis, made of paper and gold leaf • feline companion
Name: James Oliver Lamont Fox. Age: 40. Location: Somerville, MA. Occupation: IT, and library school student. List:
• Growing collection of old-timey Vermont pennants • Ede & Ravenscroft brogues. Bought them for our wedding • Levi’s Troy lined jacket. Thrifted for $2.50 a long time ago • Box of cufflinks incl. grandpa’s mother of pearl jobs and JOLF monogrammed silver ones (39 y/o present from godfather) • My kilt, Lamont. Only MTM thing I own • External hard drive of photos
Name: Foster Huntington. Location: New York City. Occupation: Fashion. List:
• My Grandfather’s Explorer Scout Shirt • Naked and Famous Jeans • Zeiss 35mm f/2 • Nike SFB boots • Ralph Lauren Alligator Belt • Leatherman Wave Black • One basalt rock from the Columbia River Gorge • One shell from Nicaragua • Three shells and one stone from the Maine coast • 45 RPM Orange Bandanna • Vintage Woolrich Horse skin hunting gloves • LaCie Rugged External Hrd Drive (all of my photos and image research) • Rolex Submariner Date with Zulu Ballistic Nylon Band • Oakley Razor Blades • Ernest Thompson Seaton, "Two Little Savages" (well worth a read) • iPhone 4 • Not Pictures • Canon 5D Mark II • Sigma 50mm f/1.4

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