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I recently finished Katie Haegele’s zine/book, White Elephants: On Yard Sales, Relationships, & Finding What Was Missing. It was a fun read, at least compared to some of the heavier material I’ve been looking at lately (David Graeber’s writing on African fetishes, for one). I picked it up because I thought the subject had a lot to do with my own work, and found that Haegele’s summertime adventures at yard sales and church rummage sales with her mother are quite similar to my own with my mom. I don’t think I’ve ever read any other book about mother-daughter yard sale antics, and it was nice to see my own experiences channeled through Haegele’s. I’ve often considered making a zine about estate sale-ing with my mom, complete with illustrations of our finds, but I guess photography is a more comfortable/familiar medium. I don’t think that my photos really reflect on the personal aspect of going to sales with my mom; it’s more about the space of the sales themselves, and the objects encountered. To make it about my mom and I would be an entirely different project, one that might not easily translate photographically, especially considering how covert I already have to be when documenting the rooms of private homes, waiting for those two-second moments when the crowd drifts out and I’m alone in a space. In other words, I’m happy to see the other half of the experience represented in White Elephants, and feel inspired by Katie Haegele’s sincerity towards the subject. A recommended read!

I recently finished Katie Haegele’s zine/book, White Elephants: On Yard Sales, Relationships, & Finding What Was Missing. It was a fun read, at least compared to some of the heavier material I’ve been looking at lately (David Graeber’s writing on African fetishes, for one). I picked it up because I thought the subject had a lot to do with my own work, and found that Haegele’s summertime adventures at yard sales and church rummage sales with her mother are quite similar to my own with my mom. I don’t think I’ve ever read any other book about mother-daughter yard sale antics, and it was nice to see my own experiences channeled through Haegele’s. I’ve often considered making a zine about estate sale-ing with my mom, complete with illustrations of our finds, but I guess photography is a more comfortable/familiar medium. I don’t think that my photos really reflect on the personal aspect of going to sales with my mom; it’s more about the space of the sales themselves, and the objects encountered. To make it about my mom and I would be an entirely different project, one that might not easily translate photographically, especially considering how covert I already have to be when documenting the rooms of private homes, waiting for those two-second moments when the crowd drifts out and I’m alone in a space. In other words, I’m happy to see the other half of the experience represented in White Elephants, and feel inspired by Katie Haegele’s sincerity towards the subject. A recommended read!