The collector: Amy Blackwell, User Experience Designer, Bournemouth (UK).
The collection: Documentary photographs of letterboxes.
Tell us the story behind your collection…
Weeeelllll... Once upon a time there was a tutor who took his students on a walk around Birmingham and asked them to pick an obsession. I picked letterboxes and now I can't help checking them out wherever I go...
Why Letter Boxes?
I think they're an under-rated bit of door furniture. Knockers, knobs and fancy numbers have nothing on a good letterbox.
What is it you like about them?
I like how many different kinds there are. I mean really, how many ways can you prettify a hole in a door? I also kind of like it when people look at me like I'm a weirdo when I photograph them. I even got stopped by the police once. I was photographing a police station letterbox though (they probably thought I was casing the joint!)
Tell us how your collection is arranged or displayed.
My collection is currently kept on my computer, but whenever I give someone a picture frame or a photo album for a present they always get a letterbox (usually their own).
Do you have a favourite?
I tend to like older letterboxes, or ones that look really dirty and industrial.
Is there a particular letterbox that you haven't yet photographed that you'd really love to add to your collection?
I wonder if Buckingham Palace has a letterbox?
Do you have any other collections?
I'm a bit of a collector/hoarder. I have decent collections of pin badges, earrings and a major thing for tea cups, specifically lithophane tea cups with pictures of Geishas in the bottom.
Are you obsessed?
Probably more than would be considered 'normal'.
Images © Amy Blackwell and used with her kind permission.