My Collection of Collections
Cross-posted at Off the Path.
Late last year I posted about artist Lisa Congdon’s project ‘A Collection A Day’, in which she posted to her blog 365 different collections that she had accumulated over time. She has since come out with a book photographing her efforts, which you can find here.
Her project inspired me to take a closer look at my own collections, and to consider why I have them. In the process some questions came up. What constitutes a collection? Is it number or intention? Is there a critical mass at which a collection is (or isn’t)? Some of my collections happened accidentally, others are very small, but quite intentional. And some of my accidental collections only started out that way, and later became intentional. Also, when does something qualify as vintage? What about antique (I have a good sense when it comes to cars and books, but not other objects)? I’ve had to guess or use my best judgement on these questions, often reffering to the ‘Collection A Day’ project for reference.
So here’s the collection list. Many – particularly the books and related ephemera - are part of larger collections (which I’ve noted). The few photos I have at the moment I’ve included below.
Stephen King & related
Arkham House titles
Natural History books
Field Guides – vintage and modern
Coyote ecology and mythology
Admission tickets (concerts, plays, etc.)
Signs (mostly photographed)
Tarot card decks
Decks of playing cards
Tree, plant & leaf galls
Animal scat (preserved/dried – I know it’s still gross. I’m a naturalist, I can’t help it)
Landscape art (paintings/drawings/photography) by small/local artists
Wild bird photographs (taken by Obo)
|Admission Tickets (partial collection)|
|Bookmarks (partial collection)|
|NYC Subway sign, part of sign collection|
|Another part of the sign collection|