You can tell a lot about a person by looking at his or her stuff. In the late 90s, Peter J. Menzel, along with other photographers, took portraits of 30 statistically average families worldwide with all their possessions displayed outside their homes. The latest variations of this project can be found all over the Internet. For example, the ‘All I Own’ project by Sannah Kvist. Gothemburg-based photographer Sannah Kvist created a collection of photographs where Swedish students were pictured with sculptures made from all their possessions. ‘All I Own’ serves as a reminder of how few possessions middle class 20 somethings actually have. The result asks us to question what we really need for living, just as in Foster Huntington’s concept of ‘The Burning Home’.
If your house was burning, what would you take with you? Can you fit all your belongings in one photograph? Maybe it’s time to rethink our lifestyles and start to question our ‘western-style’ consumerism? What do you think?