It’s a specific moment when you leave the house with a new partner for the first time. When you consolidate as a couple and the references present in each other becomes a context instead of an identity. There is a pool of exposure, a dilution of intimacy, a pride and an intention. One is usually ahead of the other, more proud but both willing. That is, if this is a love story. Or an in-love story. 

From what I can gather, all collections are love stories, or death stories. Though perhaps love is rarely explicitly stated, it is inherent in the handling and nurturing of these constructed sets of interrelated objects. 

The relationships between the collector and the collected go beyond the physical qualities of the objects and move into a collection of the emotional and historical values that these things hold. The objects become a touchstone for an

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