|if our home were on fire #2 , Anna Baer, 2015, photograph|
If I could take a few possessions with me in case of an evacuation, I would take this box brownie camera. It is a camera from 1901. This is the first hand held camera for the masses. It was easy to operate and conveniently used film instead of glass negatives. I bought this camera for a steal at an antique store in Spokane, Washington for 10$. At the time I acquired it, I was I was working in the photography darkroom a lot and was falling in love with the process.
I know I could replace it, but it represents my love for photography and capturing beautiful moments of life. It also, because it is such an important camera historically, represents my love and appreciation of art history. I love being part of this long history of artistic pursuits and delighting in the every day.
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,