FOUND by Joe Beshenkovsky
Found near road in the bottom of the ditch in the spring, must have been under the snow all winter.
FOUND by Jim Davis in Slidell, Louisiana
I discovered this picture on the outside window ledge of a restaurant that used to be a railroad depot in Louisiana. I don’t know what the guy is rolling up – it’s kind of like he stops mid-toke with that regular cigarette when he sees what the other guy is working on. If you blow it up, you’ll see coins in the tall guy’s outstretched hand, and that they seem to be standing in front of a cage. A cock fight, maybe? The dressed up dude who’s rolling seems too dressed up for a cock fight, though, unless maybe it’s because he’s been booked as the opening act. The picture at first seems real early sixties, until you see the white guy in the background, sort of like it has traveled through time and picked up a recent passenger before I met it at the railroad station to bring it home. The white parts are where the photo surface has cracked and flaked off, and the other marks on the surface look as if the coating has melted in the heat. It could be a few months old, or a few years, but regardless, timeless.
FOUND by Paul R. in Tacoma, Washington
Found in a box full of fire damaged goods donated to Goodwill. In 1992, there was a fire at my apartment. Everything was damaged, and I gave it all to Goodwill to see if they could salvage anything. Years later, in 1999, after going through four peoples’ hands, a friend of mine showed me this pic and said it looked a lot like me and well, it IS me (!) and Nancy Wilson in Vancouver back in 1979. I just about cried when I saw it. A lost memory returns! It’s the only remaining picture I have of my two years as a roadie for Heart!
FOUND by Nikolaus Maack in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
On the winter sidewalk sat half a photograph- I looked around but I couldn’t find the other half anywhere. On the back I can make out the partial word “Acova (19)” and beneath that “Greece.” What sort of emotions made the owner of it tear it in half? And what was in the other half of the picture?
FOUND by Heather in New York, New York
I found this in 2000. One can sense a lot of anger here; obviously this romance didn’t work out and (I speculate) the parting was not amicable. Like a lot of people I have shown this last photo to, I wonder if sometime, somewhere I have pissed off someone enough to do just such a thing to some photo of me. Given that I had a jilted would-be paramour who broke into my locker before finals and ripped up my entire portfolio of drawings, I think I know the answer. Regardless, to this day, I have a problem with having my picture taken.