Two years ago, Joakim Blockstrom began to think about heirlooms. “Not about my own inheritance,” says the photographer and father of five. “But how most things these days are mass produced, so that when the time comes, what will we have to hand on?”
He asked friends if he could photograph special objects they’d inherited, and stories came flooding out. Afterwards, people thanked him for giving them the chance to think deeply about something – and someone – they had taken for granted. “I gave people an opportunity to reconnect with their feelings about people they had known. The exercise shines a light on a particular member of the family. Quite often they would say something like, “I have never really thought about my grandfather like that before.”
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Not long ago, Molly Hatch was visiting one of her aunts for a family gathering. “I explored her home for the first time, room by room, and when I found myself in her living room I suddenly had the feeling of being at home.
“I knew the objects here, because most of them had been my grandmother’s before she passed away. There were French tobacco lamps on her side tables, a chest, a plate …”
Hatch was gripped: determined to discover more about her family, by understanding the objects from its past.