I found this amazing polaroid behind a rotted out piece of baseboard moulding in the Roxbury project house. I think it was either 2009 or 2010. I was there to photograph the “before” condition of the house, just before the crews got in and got to work.
I’ve been unbelievably lucky enough to be shooting for This Old House throughout my entire career so far, and many of my best memories as a photographer have been on assignment for them. I think the one that shines brightest in my mind though, was this “before” shoot at the Roxbury house. My assistant and I spent the entire day with our jaws dropped to the floor in wonder, just trying to take in the dilapidated state of the house. I remember tingling with excitement at the chance I’d been given to shoot here.
Finding the polaroid tucked in behind the baseboard midway through the day was actually a very emotional moment for me. Seeing this family, who seems to have been so happy here (in what I can only assume was the 1980s), put a lot into perspective for me about what This Old House truly does. This husk of a building was, at one time, a warm and loving home for at least one, and probably many families. I remember being excited to think that it soon would be again! I left this polaroid right here on the window sill for the TOH crew to find and add to their treasure archive. I wanted so much to take it with me. I hope it found a good home somewhere...