I wanted to close the book on significant photo projects for the year with a few images from the last house project I did. This was a project that took about 10 months to complete. It was longer than expected due to a number of complications rehabbing this property, as well as our good friends in the criminal in-justice department derailing the project significantly. None the less, despite opposition, restrain and complications from the injustice system, the project was completed successfully and it has performed extremely well.
In my experience properties like this one are rather uncommon . Although it was a hoarder’s house, the property was in great shape. It had a lot of the original features of a 1949 house, such as beautiful tile in the bathroom, metal cabinets, and the original hardwood floor. Granted, the piles of debris were 6 feet tall, the stench was unbearable, the remains of pest infestation everywhere, and just the feeling of excess accumulation of material goods was overwhelming. It was at times hard to understand how someone can live in these conditions, but it happens.
I think it happens in some small measure to all of us. Yes, I firmly believe there is a hoarder in all of us. Those drawers full of stuff, the boxes that have never been opened, the “just in case” items, the clothing we haven’t worn in years. It is all there in front of us. Now, the person living in this house had taken this to an extreme, but having sorted through all her personal stuff before filling two large roll-up containers with it, made me realize that we slowly accumulate more, and more than we ever use or need.
Despite a very challenging, and at times very unjust 2017, I am closing this on a very positive note with full faith for a more positive, productive, justice driven, and amazing 2018. With all the loving kindness, wishing everyone a very prosperous 2018. I hope you enjoy the post.