Photo Quality of these transferred onto Carbonmade not what I would like as these were originally PDF’s
To be totally clear, I am not trying to poke fun at a mental disorder. The DSM’s definition on Hoarding Disorder in part reads: “Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.” This is the “hot”, new disorder commonly paraded on several modern television shows to the horror and entertainment of many. The condition is not new, nor is it uncommon. A 2008 survey recently placed hoarding at around 5%. There are upwards of 15.5 million hoarders in America alone, or very roughly about 1 in 20 people. The odds are decent you know someone affected.
When I found out I would have window of time to shoot a genuine hoarder’s house, I scrambled. The frames here were hardly set up; I literally dug tunnels to find power outlets for the lighting, pushed through piles to create angles, and shooed away animals walking through the frames. Pictured are my real-life married friends, Ariana and Thom, astounding in their personal wardrobes and pitch-perfect attitudes, which, in retrospect, saved my shoot from being almost certainly inundated. When we were finished, what I was eventually left with is this satirical – yet fairly accurate – portrayal of the mind of a hoarder.