September 2005

Bootsy Holler
[artist website]

Newspace Center for Photography presents the series “Ruby & Willie” by Seattle photographer Bootsy Holler.

“The 56 images showing this month are just a sampling of the more than 300 images taken in Ruby & Willie’s home, located in Richland, Washington. Ruby, gone since 1978, left Willie to live alone in the house until 2002. He lived mostly in the basement and kitchen, not touching any of the rooms. I documented each room as I would a museum, capturing all the small details in the kitchen, living room, dining room, hallway, boys’ room, girls’ room, Ruby’s room, the downstairs TV room, and finally Willie’s basement bedroom.

I began documenting the home in February of 2002. Maybe I knew this home, which looked to me like a movie set, would soon be destroyed. A week later my grandfather fell sick and was gone in a few months’ time. This home, which hadn’t been changed in more than 25 years, was soon stripped down to nothing. Everything was gone.

As generations leave us, they take with them their environments. I used photography for what it does best: to document a place and time before it is gone.”