“I’m guessing that Birdie had no family but I’m hoping to return to the small town and find out more. Her house was left like that because I’m assuming she had no family to look after the place while she was in the retirement home. What I do know is that she was the local librarian for many years. Her attic had a few tea chests full of old books.”
Did making this project affect you in ways that others haven’t?
“I rarely become emotionally attached to a building I investigate; such is my excitement in discovering them but Birdie’s did make me stop a little longer and think. The photo on the mantelpiece with the crucifix and the holy water did make me well up when I spotted the poem in the frame ‘A prayer for those who live alone.'”