Here’s the Thing

As a little coda to my Wunderkammer post: Here’s the Thing is a documentary series on people and their favorite stuff. Each episode, the documentarians photograph the most interesting objects they find around someone’s home, and then the owner provides a voiceover explaining what the thing is and what’s interesting about it. The episodes are available for streaming online, and they’re a rather cool practical demonstration of how much light you can shed on someone’s life and personality via a few representative things from that person’s living space. The most potent indicators are photographs, souvenirs, trophies, clothing, artworks, things earned or made or worn by the owner, as well as garbage, discards, things lost or forgotten.

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