Jul 6, 2011
The Burning House is an online photo project that asks people the simple question: “If your house was burning, what would you take with you?”, and gets them to submit their answer in the form of a picture.
The resulting images of what people hold most dear are intriguing and beautifully intimate. Objects range from the practical to the sentimental to the downright inexplicable (a Barbie glitter head? A large bone?), and also include a few people and animals along the way.
The project states that “What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities”, and it’s certainly interesting to see the individual personality of each participant through their choices. Every picture is accompanied by the person’s name, age, location, occupation, and a written list detailing all the items that they would save.
So, dear PhotoSoc-ers, what would you take?