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Photo Project Shows What People Would Save from a Burning House

If your house was going up in flames and you only had a few minutes to gather up a few things to save from the fire, which of your possessions would you choose? The Burning House is a neat photo project by Foster Huntington that asks this question, with photographs submitted by various people showing their most valuable possessions neatly arranged. Unsurprisingly, cameras and photographs are at the top of many peoples’ lists.

You can contribute to the project by shooting your own photograph and submitting it with text.

Would you be the type to run out of a burning house clutching camera gear and external hard drives? What would you save?

The Burning House (via Flavorwire)


Image credits: Photographs from The Burning House and used with permission


 
 
  • http://www.kubic.info Pkubic

    Such a projects make a strong impression on me, because they touch something very special inside of each who participate in it, and it’s exposed to others. This is like showing a very special areas of their personality, and for those who look at it – it’s touching a very personal and intimate feelings of others. 

  • http://twitter.com/HLimPhotography Harry Lim

    Image #2: Tripod. No camera. Fail.

    Image #3: A chef’s knife and 4 corks. Really?

    Image #4 is more like it: hunting knife, scoped rifle, Nikon D3, lens, laptop. The bare necesseties! 

  • http://photography.badlightgoodlight.com Nikhil Ramkarran

    I think I’d grab my children :) But then my gear is insured and I’ve got offsite backup (doesn’t everyone? :)

  • http://twitter.com/HLimPhotography Harry Lim

    Re: Image #2. I’ll give ‘em the benefit of the doubt and assume that bag has a nifty DSLR in it.

    Re: Image #3. Corks? Really!? 

  • http://www.michaelcourier.com Michael Courier

    Re: Image #3: Who knows, it could be a memento to one of the greatest days of their life. 

  • MarieL201

    Re: Image #3 : There’s an old French tradition that involves keeping the cork from a bottle of champagne you share with friends before saying goodbye – one keeps the cork, the other keeps the little wire cage it comes in.  I forget exactly what it’s called but it’s something along the lines of “La cage et l’oiseau”. 

  • Quixote966

    This is a case of breaking the 4th wall. The camera isn’t in the shot because it’s being used to TAKE the shot.

  • Quixote966

    This is a case of breaking the 4th wall. The camera isn’t in the shot because it’s being used to TAKE the shot.

  • Quixote966

    This is a case of breaking the 4th wall. The camera isn’t in the shot because it’s being used to TAKE the shot.

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  • A Guest

    That might be true but to be honest: I’d hate to lose my personalized camera & lenses with all the scratches that are like marks in the rifle butt of a sniper ;)

  • Shrike2000

    What people keep also depends on how much time they have. If you’ve only got a minute or a few seconds, you may just scoop up what’s nearby or just toss a bunch of junk out the window.