This article was published on January 10, 2012

Tumblr Tuesday: The Burning House asks what would you save if your house was on fire?

Tumblr Tuesday: The Burning House asks what would you save if your house was on fire?

Welcome to our twentieth Tumblr Tuesday, where every Tuesday we celebrate our love of Tumblr by interviewing the mastermind behind a new blog. Tumblr, a New York City based startup, is like the FFFFound for the rest of the world. It’s as shareable and fast-paced as Twitter but populated with more in-depth text and rich images.

Last week we caught up with Bryce Bladon, the editor of Clients From Hell; a timeless look at the horrifying experiences designers often have with their clients. Today, we’re talking with Foster Huntington, the creator of The Burning House.

This blog asks a serious question: If your house was burning, what would you take with you? And as Huntington explains, “It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental.”

HW: Could you tell us about yourself?

FH: My name is Foster Huntington and I grew up in and around Portland Oregon. I got into taking photos in college and have most recently lived in New York City, where I worked in fashion design. Since August, I have been traveling around in my VW Syncro van taking photos and enjoying the west coast.

HW: When did you decide to create the blog and what was the inspiration?

FH: The Burning House spawned out of a conversation at a dinner party in April of 2011. People were discussing online dating and I told the table that I thought it would be interesting to ask a potential date what they would take if their house was burning as a way to find out what they were interested in and valued. Everyone at the table immediately had a response that showed their backgrounds and interests. I started working on the project that night on the subway home.

HW: How many submissions have you received so far?

FH: As of early January 2012, the project has received nearly 2000 submissions.

HW: What are your favorite submissions?

FH: I selected 200 of my favorite submissions and the photos I have taken for the project for an upcoming book with !t Books, you’ll have to wait and see! It comes out next summer.

HW: What would you take with you if your house was on fire?

FH: When I started the project, I had a bunch of things on my list, now after talking to hundreds of people about the question, I have realized that I dont need much to be happy. I would most likely grab what ever cameras were closest to me, my undeveloped film and my external hard drive.

HW: What other Tumblrs should we know about that are awesome (or any others you run)?

FH: In addition to The Burning House, I also run and curate

Also, check out our Tumblr Tuesday from weeks’ past: