The Burning House5.6.13
If your house was burning, what would you take with you? 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.
The Burning House
I literally pretended the house was on fire when I did this because I figured what's the point in doing something if you don't do it properly? I grabbed my passport and savings, the jewellery I inherited from my grandmother - a pearl necklace, a silver fish with a ruby eye and a pearl in its mouth, a gold leaf necklace, and a little Cornish imp - and a broken amber bracelet my father gave me years ago. I picked up my necono camera and, from the noticeboard on the back of my door which is absolutely brimming with little pieces of memories, I took an original illustration by Niclas Boman. I chose to take two of my most beloved books; I have a lot of vintage books I could have chosen to save but the stories in these two are so important to me I would feel lost without them.
There were also a couple of things I couldn't photograph - my Giant African Land Snail and the camera I was holding. I also grabbed my bag, but I didn't know if that counts as cheating? There's a lot of good stuff in there and it seemed a little stupid not to pick it up.. I'm pretty bummed out about all the things I left behind though.
If your house was burning, what would you take with you?