Series: if our home were on fire #1

2.11.15

if our home were on fire #1 , Anna Baer, 2015, photograph



I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, in case we ever part ways. You've been precious to me.

If I could take a few possessions with me in case of an evacuation, I would take this case of letters.  Dominik and I wrote letters to each other for years. Our communication began in 2003, the summer between gr 10 and 11. He asked me for my email address. We wrote emails all summer. Then when fall came and school started, we wrote notes, and cards to each other. Soon after we were in love; but stayed "just friends". Trying our hardest not to cross the friendship line. Of sharing too much, or god forbid hold hands. After graduation, we moved far away from each other, we wrote snail-mail and email. There are letters in there asking me out to dates, there are letters riddled with bible verses, and Christianese. There are letters of longing, letters of lust, letters that are flakey and funny. Our whole 7 years before I moved here to Germany and became his wife...

This case has over 150 letters, almost every letter we ever wrote to one another. It has the emails printed out and sorted chronologically, and all the hand written letters too.

I photograph you and write to you as a way of saying good bye, in case we ever part ways. You've been precious to me.

What is a precious possession you have been holding on to?

What stories are connected to it?  Bring it out from where it was hiding and display it.

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna


1 comment

  1. I really love this concept. I came across your blog from your comment on Diana's (our city lights). I'm so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. God's peace and comfort to you and your family.

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