to make a home
I’ve been working on a story about the Robbins family, who lost their home in a fire about a month ago. They’ve been the most gracious and welcoming people to have spent time with during the month of December and I am glad I got to know them. This started out as a sort of “who helps the helpers?” story because Jackie (pictured) and her family helped their neighbors out a lot during Irene. But ultimately, losing your home to a fire is just a shitty thing that happens and when I was photographing them at their motel, something else occurred to me. I was standing on a chair trying to get a picture of the family eating dinner next to the pool because they didn’t have the space to in their room — literally five people sitting in this totally unnatural environment, eating rice out of a tub and not caring — that it occurred to me that living is really only about the people who love you. So there’s that.
The Robbins moved into a temporary house three days before Christmas. They’re going to rebuild their house in the spring.