A Friend and an Old House

Late last November, my friend and fellow collaborator, Josh Phillips, asked me if I could photograph an old house for him. He wanted to assemble the photos into a book to give his step-dad for Christmas. Of course, loving old, abandoned houses, I was up for it. So we took off toward the north central part of the state loaded with my two Fujifilm cameras and the Mamiya RB67 for some medium format film work.

Like The Foster Farm post, I'll let Josh provide the personal touch of what this house means to him.


This house was home on the weekends between the ages of 8 and 12. Being back there was a surreal experience. I hadn't visited the house in at least 12 years or so, and it's been empty for a large portion of that time. It's strange how you can forget just how much you know about a place, and then visit and have it all come rushing back. 

I'm so glad I decided to revisit the house. It serves as a very physical reminder of so many memories that had gotten lost in the shuffle. Small things like where my wrestling action figures would have been set up, or renting VHS tapes for the weekend from the grocery store 30 minutes away. The time I went trick or treating at Halloween but we didn't realize that the people in Wiseman and Horseshoe Bend had trick-or-treated the week before (I think my folks took me to buy some candy to make up for it).

I made a photo book from Matt's session and gave it to my parents for Christmas. Getting to talk about all of those weekends and things I had forgotten, it's something I'll always be grateful for. It's funny how when I was a kid, I remember dreading the weekend because it was such a long drive (and at the end of the drive, there were no video games). Growing up can change your perspective on things. As I write this, I'm looking forward to driving over to my mom's house after work to spend the evening with them (still no video games). This old farm house was small, cold, and remarkably unremarkable. But for a while, it was filled with some pretty wonderful people. - Joshua Phillips 


"It's strange how you can forget just how much you know about a place,
and then visit and have it all come
rushing back." 


I'm always humbled when people want me to document a part of their lives, whether it be portraits, places, ideas, etc. Thanks again, Josh, for allowing me to share in the story.