May 10, 2011

The-Burning-House.com


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
Occupation: Musician
Website: http://www.daughtersofgoodmen.com/

List:

  • 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

and:

Name: Tim Robison
Age: 26
Location: North Carolina
Occupation: Creative Digital Director University of North Carolina at Greensborough
Website: http://thatsjustitphoto.com/
List:
  • 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.

For more photos and lists, head over to The Burning House, subscribe to the RSS and most importantly, submit a post. I hope you like it, I’m pretty excited.

Thanks to Bryan Bowie for designing the logo and Jermaine for building the Tumblr.

Here are some more links,
The-Burning-House.com,
Submit a Post (The Burning House),
The Burning House (Picasa),
The Burning House (ART).

16 Comments



  • TerdFerguson
    May 10 , 2011

    Awesome idea but I think its Greensboro


  • Foster Huntington
    May 10 , 2011

    thank you for the correction ted and i am glad you like the idea,
    foster


  • MelanieMH
    May 10 , 2011

    This is an absolutely fantastic concept for a project…


  • Foster Huntington
    May 10 , 2011

    Glad you like it, submit a photo,
    Foster


  • Backwoods Plaid
    May 10 , 2011

    I have my items planned, but a few are still in Maine. Need to gather my cherished items and I'll submit!


  • Amy Rene
    May 11 , 2011

    That's so cool… can't wait to click over and check out even more collections!


  • James
    May 11 , 2011

    SUCH an awesome idea. Love the photos that people have already submitted. Will do my own when I'm home next month.


  • Brohammas
    May 11 , 2011

    Home run idea. I luuuurve it.


  • Foster Huntington
    May 11 , 2011

    thanks for the kind words guys. i am really excite about this project and am really pleased with people's enthusiasm in it. thanks again,
    foster


  • tyler
    May 14 , 2011

    riiiight ooon


  • Foster Huntington
    May 14 , 2011

    thanks tyler. people's support has been great. im getting a lot of submissions and great responses to the project. if your interested in submitting, check out this form http://the-burning-house.com/submit

    foster


  • dearleila
    May 16 , 2011

    enjoying this project very much, here and on instagram. looking forward to more!


  • Foster Huntington
    May 16 , 2011

    Leila,
    thanks so much for submitting a photo. i love your website. the plane watching photos are amazing,
    foster


  • fra_zz
    May 17 , 2011

    congratulation


  • Adie Andrews
    May 30 , 2011

    This idea is fantastic :) I never actually think about this. You really make me ask myself that same question.

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  • Sally
    May 31 , 2011

    This is such an awesome idea, I found it over at black eiffel and love all the photos so much – it is amazing me how many people save a pair of shoes!! I'm thinking up what I'd save in my head now!