Ruby & Willie by Bootsy Holler

Issue 24

Since my Grandmother’s death in 1978, the home they had shared remained virtually unchanged. Willie lived alone in the house using the basement, kitchen and bathroom, not touching any other rooms. This house was always a strangely beautiful environment in stasis to me and I felt the need to finally document it. I photographed each room, capturing all the 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. During this process my Grandfather passed away and immediately the delicate home was torn apart and sold. 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.

These images are just a sampling of the many photos taken in Ruby and Willie’s home, located at 1824 Davison, Richland, Washington.

Bootsy Holler is a Culver City, CA based artist.
To view more of Bootsy's work, please visit her website

  Ruby and Willie mugs 

Ruby and Willie mugs 

  The Living Room 

The Living Room 

  Chandelier 

Chandelier 

  Dining Room Chair 

Dining Room Chair 

  Pink Plastic Flowers 

Pink Plastic Flowers 

  Light Cover 

Light Cover 

  Angel 

Angel 

  Uncle Charles Sr. Portrait 

Uncle Charles Sr. Portrait 

  Boy’s Bed 

Boy’s Bed 

  Ruby’s Room 

Ruby’s Room 

  Boy’s Room 

Boy’s Room 

  Charles and Richard 

Charles and Richard 

  Blue Sink 

Blue Sink 

  Faded Portrait of Stacy 

Faded Portrait of Stacy 

  Basement Stairs 

Basement Stairs 

  Clothes Basket 

Clothes Basket 

  Willie’s Gun 

Willie’s Gun 

  Pheasant 

Pheasant 

  Willie’s Chair 

Willie’s Chair 

  Basement Couch (Detail) 

Basement Couch (Detail)