Favorite Things

PhotographerKim Felsher
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

These images are from a collection of photographs entitled “Favorite Things.” While creating this series, I had the special opportunity to spend time with people of all ages and backgrounds discussing what their chosen possession means to them and why – how particular emotional significance was impressed upon the item. The objects absorbed the owners' sentiment and, before the camera, emerged animated and real.


This project began four years ago when my dad, who had been diagnosed with late-stage cancer, gave me his watch. This watch was something about my dad that never changed - fashions, yes, hair styles, yes, his watch, never. In January 2013 this watch was stolen. When reflecting on the loss and the watch’s irreplaceability, I started thinking about how things become precious to us. In this collection, I explore the relationship we have with our favorite things. While creating the series, I had the special opportunity to spend time with people of all ages and backgrounds discussing what their chosen possession meant to them and why. Frank, a teacher and father, chose the hammer he found underneath his house. “I used it to build a chicken coup and my daughter’s treehouse. This hammer is well made and well lived – it’s sharp, solid and heavy” he said. Sarah, a barista, selected her diamond ring. “My sister gave this to me after our dad died. She made me promise to never take it off. It signifies love, family and loss” she said. Isaac, a four-year-old boy, picked his toy bubble gun as his favorite thing. He said he chose it because it’s “fun, gunny and funny.” Through the conversations I learned that whether the belonging was new or old, used for play or for remembrance, they had all been impressed with remarkable emotional significance. And before the camera, the objects absorbed the owners' sentiment and emerged animated and real. 

About Photographer

I was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. After graduating from Lamar University, I spent a decade living in New York City where I worked in advertising. Upon moving to Austin, TX in 2010, I worked for the Texas House of Representatives as a documentary photographer for the 82nd legislative session. My style of photography is heavily influenced by my work experiences; I’m interested in making images that have a strong narrative in addition to being graphically engaging. For some photographs the story is complete and for others it remains mysterious and unresolved. I love that a single picture can contain the latent ability to compel us to question and, often times, reevaluate what we see.