A year ago I started asking my friends what they would take with them if their house was burning. As an example of what I envisioned the photos looking like I sent around a post I did here. A few weeks later, I launched Theburninghouse.com as a home for these images and hopefully others submitted by friends and people I didn't know.
Within a week the site had grown larger than I ever could have imagined. Submissions were coming in from around the world. It was wild to see people responding to an idea and question that I thought had merit.
Despite appearing to be about objects, The Burning House is a project about people told through their most cherished possessions. When I first thought about what I would take, I included all sorts of stuff that at the time I felt was important. Jeans, A Rolex watch, my iPhone. Now after leaving New York, hearing answers to the question from thousands of people and living in a van for the last nine months, my material priorities have changed a lot.
I hope that Burning House has prompted other people to consider what is important materially to them.
Name: Foster Huntington
Location: Mexican Hat, Utah
Occupation: still working on that
- A few rolls of undeveloped film from the last week of my travels including the half-shot one in my Contax t2
- The keys to my VW Syncro
For more photos from people around the world and info about the upcoming book that comes out July 10, head over to theburninghouse.com
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