Here is the story behind this ridiculous photograph. In 2005, I was visiting my very dear friends (photographers themselves, they shot my wedding) in Northampton, Massachusetts. It was a year after I'd graduated from the University of Massachusetts and a year since I'd moved away from living in the same town as Fred and Melissa. I was there for a weekend visit and brought my now husband, but then just-started-dating-boyfriend, Alex. They were meeting him for the first time, and I was kind of nervous about it. I really wanted them to hit it off.
In the lobby of their building, someone had left a big box of clothes for the taking. Without speaking really, Fred, Melissa and I came down from their apartment, saw this box in the lobby and immediately started trying on clothes and vamping. Because that's what you do when you find a box like this! At least that's what you do when you're with Fred and Melissa. Alex took the picture on a little disposable that I had brought with me and the rest is history. In case you can't see this crappy photo scan too clearly, I am wearing a fur coat, Fred is wearing some sort of hippie skirt, and Melissa has on goggles and is holding a boom box, somehow managing to look like a super hero.
This photo always makes my heart swell with love for these friends and makes me realize what a good and hilarious time we always have together. We can have a party with just the three of us, every time that we meet. Give us a box of junk and suddenly we're ten years old again and playing dress up. Even though I didn't meet Fred and Melissa until the end of my senior year in college, they're the kind of friends that I feel like I've known my entire life. Luckily Alex fit right in that weekend, making that awesome threesome grow to four. I love how he is the one taking the picture and I can still hear him laughing behind the camera every time I look at this photo.
PS- I got a really good pair of jeans that I still wear today out of that pile!
PPS- I'm not sure if Sarah is doing this series anymore, but it's really fun, and a great way to find inspiration for a blog post. You can submit yours to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know if you do your own in the comments!