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I don't know why, but I always find that "found" photographs are really eerie.

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comment by ps at 10:29 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2005

Great, where did you find it? really nice, especially idea.

comment by djn1 at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2005

ps: I took a different route from work to the train station, meandering through the back-streets, and just found it stuck to a wall in an alley near the station.

comment by ps at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2005

back-streets, i'm always trying to avoid that kind of places... weird? well, life...

comment by tobias at 10:43 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2005

I really enjoy the texture of the wall. Very random image.

comment by Viking at 11:35 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2005

Strange place to leave a photo... I like the background texture too. Very crisp.

PS- I like yesterday's photo a lot-- didn't see it until now.

comment by flying cow at 11:40 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2005

that looks like Bre from ANTM, cycle5

comment by peter cohen at 11:40 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2005

Several decades ago I found a photo while out walking (downtown Colorado Springs, US) with my then 10-year-old son. I told him we could find the people in the photo if we believed we could and were clever and persistent enough. We worked on it for a couple of months but never did (despite VERY rigorous and persistent efforts) figure out who the people were or where the photo was taken.

Some years later I looked up one day at my surroundings at work (I was Maitre 'D of a 5-star restaurant in Colorado Springs at that time, having worked there about a year) and suddenly noticed (don't ask me how or why) that the environment in the background there reminded me of that found photo from years earlier. I dragged it out from stowage upon arriving home, and sure enough, Charles Court (my employ) was exactly where the photo had been taken.

I tracked down several ladies who had worked at the hotel ("The Broadmoor") for many years and asked if they remembered/recognized either of the two women in the photo, and finally did find one who knew exactly who they were and could recall their names (they had both once worked there at the hotel). Tracking them to the latest findable addresses proved futile (I thought it would be fun to return the photo), as they had left the area without leaving any forwarding information (for who knows where). However... it has never left me just how spooky the universe can be when arriving one at one's intended destinations in life - in this case, the finding out of who the people in the photo were and exactly where it was taken. All in all, one truly bizarre "found photo" experience.

I've wondered whether I had been somehow "directed" to that job (which I only did for a few more months after that) just so I could complete the loop on a desire of my son's and mine that had had so much "energy" invested in it.

Usually, I wouldn't take this much space on your photoblog to tell a story, but this story seems SO completely germaine to today's photograph that I thought it might actually add something to some viewers' (and perhaps your) experience if it.

Your photographs OFTEN lead to other "layers"/experiences... One of the several things "good art" should do, IMHO.

Bet you can't find the girl (is that a girl?) in your found pic! ;-)

comment by Mark D at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 9 December, 2005

Easy to see from this shot why you would consider found photos spooky. This looks like an opening shot from Wire in the Blood or something. Excellent composition.

comment by Mark [londonrubbish] at 12:28 AM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

I really like this shot, it makes you think about the story that might exist behind the photo. The composition is good with the pointing leading your eyes back to the photograph all the time. I think this might have looked better de-saturated a little, but that's just me.

comment by Peter 'Eore' Hayden at 12:44 AM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

Very "one and othering".

comment by chris at 01:51 AM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

there is a livejournal community dedicatged to posting found photos

there are some very eerie photos,
some comical ones too.

comment by Rob at 02:34 AM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

Cool story Peter. Cool link Chris.
Interesting photo DJN. Nice saturation, detail and composition.

comment by jen at 02:36 AM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

that does not look like bre!
i find this photo incredibly sad..

comment by joan at 05:29 AM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

Heartbreaking shot, beautifully rendered.

comment by Darrell at 07:31 AM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

These built in BG grids really help nail that 'rule of thirds'!

An intriguing image.


comment by Beckn32 at 08:24 AM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

There is some woman walking around wondering where her third passport picture went.

comment by Carol at 12:04 PM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

....Interesting resonance between her skin colour and the bricks
There is a lovely French film called "Amélie Poulain" in which a lot of story revolves around photos from photocabins.
Really liked the story Peter, thanks for sharing!

comment by buda at 02:28 PM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

Wow...What to say?
Truly inspiring,brutal. whats her story? one can look at your pic and make up a thousand stories!
Great shot!

comment by Still at 02:53 PM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

Just wonderful.

comment by Enric at 04:54 PM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

Do u take your camera allways when u return from work ?

And if it's "yes", what bag do you use ?


comment by djn1 at 08:15 PM (GMT) on 10 December, 2005

Thanks everyone, especially Peter, that was a great story.

Enric: I use a Lowepro Toploader 65 Aw.

comment by Enric at 01:14 AM (GMT) on 11 December, 2005

Thanks, I'm new on photography and my first problem it's that I don't know how to carry a camera without look like a geek :D

comment by Navin Harish at 11:53 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2005

Nice. The texture in is enhancing the picture quite well.

comment by funkypancake at 10:51 PM (GMT) on 14 December, 2005

my collection of found photos here:

i thought i'd posted this before, but didn't. sorry about that.