Stuff…Part 1

Hi all,

Just want to let you know that I have stuff, I like stuff, not sure why I’ve always collected stuff, but I do. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? My wife would vote for the bad side, although living with me for so long, she has started collecting stuff too!

As a child from a lower middle class family, maybe we didn’t get a lot of stuff. Don’t get me wrong; we got gifts for holidays and birthdays and such, but we worked extra hard for our stuff. As a photographer, I’ve found that you can really use a lot of the stuff you have collected over the years. Every commercial photographer I know—especially in the food business—has accumulated stuff. It’s invaluable (or as we like to think—as soon as you get rid of that rusty car jack, you’re going to need it). You pick up and save everything you get your hands on, from cheap giveaways to other people’s trash. The saying “one man’s trash is another photographer’s treasure” runs true to my way of thinking.

Great free incentives and giveaways. You can't buy this stuff!

Great free incentives and giveaways. You can’t buy this stuff!

As I contemplate moving my business out of the neighborhood I have worked in for 30 years, possibly to a smaller venue, I started to look at all my accumulated treasures—stuff—and started wondering how I’m going to move and store it all. Should I have a sale and purge? Rent storage? Or donate to the Smithsonian? One decision I have made is to photograph my stuff, so no matter my answer to the above questions, I will forever have my stuff.

 

Every photographer that switched to digital format has a "Camera shelf". I have used many of these cameras, and have a few more.

Every photographer that switched to digital  has a “Camera shelf”. I have used many of these, and have a few more.

Partial collection of plates. I have accumulated nearly 300 plates and bowl offering free usage to my clients.

Partial collection of plates. I have accumulated nearly 300 plates and bowl offering free usage to my clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any questions or comments let me know, and if you have and great stuff…

T. J.

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3 Comments

  1. Tish August 14, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I love your collections of stuff! First of all, it makes a difference that you use your stuff as decor and/or props for photographing are not just hoarding boxes of stuff. And the things you collect are reflective of who you are. I like stuff, too, but I periodically do a thorough walk-through of my own home and donate or sell anything that I have fallen out of love with. If it is in my home, I love it. If I stop loving it, I part with it. I get anxious if my home has too much stuff in it!

  2. tracey lewis March 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    Hey T.J.
    I see all of your stuff! Great collection.
    I am looking for more tools to make grill marks on chicken, steak and burgers.

    Getting rid of any old painters heating elements?

  3. T. J. Hine March 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi Tracy,
    I do have an old painters stripping tool that is widely sought after, but I’m hanging on to my!
    I may be having a “downsizing” sale soon. I will let you know.
    Thanks
    T. J.

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