The Burning House is a fascinating ongoing project by photographer Foster Huntington that catalogues in images what people would take with them if the house was on fire. The project started on May 1, 2011 with Huntington’s own “burning house” items and continues on a Tumblr blog (full archive). Now, a book titled The Burning House: What Would You Take? has been authored by Huntington based on this project.
If your house was burning, what would you bring with you?
It’s a philosophical conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. You’re forced to prioritize and boil down a life of accrued possessions into what you can carry out with you. What you would bring reflects your interests, background and priorities. People’s stage in life also dictates their selection. A father of five in his forties would grab very different things than he would have as a bachelor in his twenties. Think of it as a full interview condensed into one question.
You can submit your own image and list at The Burning House.
Name: Foster Huntington
Location: New York City
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 Hard 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)
Canon 5D Mark II
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
images via Foster Huntington
via Brain Pickings