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