If your house were on fire, what would you take? It’s the one and only question that drives Foster Huntington’s wonderful blog, The Burning House. What is perhaps most interesting about the reader-submitted photographs is the varying interpretations of what the question means. Huntington says, “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.” Some readers interpret it as what objects define them personally, while others choose to save those things that hold deep sentimental value to them and as such are irreplaceable. Actually, it’s sort of amazing how many people include a camera in their prized possessions. Huntington quit his job as a fashion designer last year and since then has been traveling around the country living out of a Volkswagen van and documenting his journey. When asked what he’s learned from the project, Huntington says “Hearing and interacting with thousands of people’s responses to the question has helped me realize I need a lot less to be happy.” So, what things do you need to make you happy? Can things even make you happy? If your house were on fire, what would you take? Submit your photographic answers to The Burning House.
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