Can you know people from the things they leave behind? What can their things tell us? Can we fashion a story from scraps and snippets, little bits of life lived?
What about the food they ate?
The clothes they wore?
The rooms they inhabited?
What they were reading?
Every time I enter an old house — whether it’s a perfectly preserved museum or an abandoned house like this one — I like to imagine I could construct a life from these relics from the past without knowing a thing about their true history. My imagination is free to write their story and share their lives with the viewer.
What stories have you found in your world lately? Share your images with us on Instagram and tag them #viewfindersio and #stories. I can’t wait to see what tales your images will tell.
PS: These photographs were taken at Fuller Farm in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, a small village in the town of Barnstable on Cape Cod. You can read the history of the farm, which has recently been purchased by the Barnstable Land Trust, on historian Jim Gould’s blog. And you can see more images of this historic property on my flickr page.