A few weeks ago, I posted a photo of the things I would take if my house were burning and asked the question, What would you take? Since then I have reached out to friends and acquaintances asking them each to submit a photo and list of items. The results and enthusiasm for the concept have been amazing.
To showcase these photos and facilitate the creation of others, I started a website called The Burning House, the-burning-house.com. The site is simple but has the necessary features: big images and a submit function.
Here are two examples of submissions from friends:
Name: Bethany Marcial
Location: New York City
- Martin Guitar (this is one is special because my dad bought it for me on bleeker street years ago when I first moved here - most kids' parents were buying them textbooks..this meant much more)
- Vintage LL Bean wool hat
- Hard Drive of all my photos
- Vintage Wrangler Jeans
- Necklace of collected charms I always wear including a gold chair and anchor, the state of michigan, two pistols, and three vintage sterling knives
- My grandmother's id bracelet from the 30's
- A coffee stained, dog eared, underlined copy of G.K. Chesterton's "Whats Wrong With the World"
- Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace
- A knife and a tit like crustacean from you (housed usually in my exclusive treefort treasure box)
- Minolta Maxxum 5 camera I bought when I was 16, un-fancy but never takes a bad picture
- Vintage Blue Stripe Blouse
- Worn to death Lace Up Frye Boots I've had nearly 10 years now
- My Grandfather's Camera
- My favorite shoes. So comfortable.
- My Moleskin notebook. Full of many sketches, ideas, and dates.
- My favorite shirt.
- A piece of driftwood I found and love.
- My laptop. My iMac would be too hard to carry.
- Two full hard drives with years worth of work and photos.
- My most used kitchen pans. Al Glad Ltd2 fry pan. Le Creuset dutch oven
- My keys. They open and start a lot of things.
- My pencil bag. Full of my best pens and pencils.
- My phone.
It is one part interview, one part OCD photography and one part philosophy of ownership.