|PEOPLE OF EARTH! SHOW ME YOUR LIVING ROOMS!
||[Mar. 23rd, 2009|07:41 pm]
I'm fascinated by people's houses.
My book, Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes, I've always said, isn't a book about guns, but rather a book about people. The idea of collecting a hundred families, almost at random, and photographing their houses was an incredible experience. I realized while I was working on it that if I wasn't a photographer, I'd like to be the Guy Who Reads Your Meter, because I love the idea of seeing how people live. (I suppose I might just as well have been a cat burglar, but the lights are usually out which makes it hard to see the house, let alone to find the cat.) The American Rocker project was kind of the same thing -- an excuse to photograph the way people live every day.
In any event, I posted some photos of our house to saucydwellings -- a community I like because we see inside people's houses, but a community I also dislike because a) it can be really freaking nasty at times and b) because you only see really clean houses.
One of my absolute favorite posts ever here is where you all posted photos of your bookshelves. Because, really, a photo of your house is a photo of you.
I'd posted some photos of our house to saucydwellings this weekend but I figured I'd repost it here, in case anybody's curious how trillian_stars and Roswell and Milla and Safety Pin and Tatty and Momcat and I live. Because I know it was Very Freaking Cool to see your bookshelves.
And please, let use see your living rooms, and your parlors. I promise only good responses, however cluttered they may be. This blog is a happy place.
Were I to write a book about "how to make people like your blog" rule #1 would be "never make a heartfelt post and then close with a non-sequitor, because you will hijack your own post." But I really need to say that Wild by Poe is one of the best songs ever written. On Earth.
Hope you like it.
The pinball machine is a Grand Lizard made by Williams in 1986. It's become a focal point of the parlor and is very popular with guests. We tend to spend the bulk of our time in either the parlor or the living room. Having a flow between the room that houses the entertainment center and the sitting room is important, but it's also important that there's a distinction between the two. The eclecticism is something trillian_stars and I are proud of and each piece has its own story and its own meaning. It's really an expression of who we are, which I think is really the best thing that your living space can do.
Being born on Halloween I was very pleased to discover several years ago that Mattel celebrates my birthday ever year with a special Barbie. How cool.
from the living room into the parlor. Wish I'd thought to light the fireplace...
stones I brought back from Walden Pond
When I was a kid some friends of my parents had found a mannequin in a dumpster and it was always dressed in some outrageous outfit. I thought they were the coolest people I'd probably ever meet in my life.
The Rover Boys is a series of books for children from the early 20th century. They all start to blend together after a while. Some old cameras and statues I brought back from Egypt.
A few years ago someone gave me this awesome phone made in the mid 1930's. It's made of bakalite. Dialing numbers on the rotary is fun for a while.
i can't wait to take pictures of my living room now! it's nothing compared to yours but its cosy, Trillians sister is looking awfully stiff. :D