FOUND by Griet in New York City, New York
My first found picture– a brother and sister in a fake summer scenery. I think it’s lovely.
FOUND by NikMonique in Mesa, Arizona
Walking out to my car one evening, I noticed something small, rectangular, and white laying on the asphalt, smack in the middle of the neighborhood road. It was slightly monsoon-y out, yet the rectangle did not budge or flutter. I assumed it was a piece of paper or an index card that had gotten damp from the on again, off again showers we had been getting all day long. Since it wasn’t going anywhere at that moment, I made a pact with myself to grab the litter out of the road when I returned home later – if it was still indeed there, of course. For well over a week, I made that same pact with myself every time I saw the white rectangle on the ground, which had a habit of migrating from one half of the block to another, back and forth, day after night. Then, one day, it was no longer around. To tell the truth, I felt almost as if I had lost a friend, even though my lazy butt had never actually bothered to go pick the piece of garbage up! Two or three days passed, the monsoons dried up and went away for the year, and a nice breeze had picked up and blown the last of the clouds away. This same breeze also brought my little, white, rectangular litter friend back to me, gently setting what turned out to be a clear picture protection sheath, with one, perfectly square, white bordered, old-school looking photograph nestled safely and securely inside. Amazingly enough, the picture had been laying face-down, getting run over by cars, rained on by the monsoons, and ritualistically ignored by yours truly; yet, it remained in wonderful condition! My heart kind of warmed when I first saw this candid shot. What a happy, fun moment to have captured on film! I figured it had to be one of the neighbor’s missing momentum, yet no one that I approached had any leads as to whom this photo might belong to.
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FOUND by Rani in San Francisco, California
I was walking home from the gym Haight Street in the morning and this photo caught my eye on. The woman in the foreground was pointing at me, so naturally I picked it up. I love the energy of this image. I’m not sure if they are singing or what but it looks like a party. The woman in white looks like she might be wearing a bridal veil and maybe holding a microphone or bouquet. It’s just a fun photo. I noticed later that it appears as if there is a nail file or something like that in the cleavage of the woman in the sunglasses.
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FOUND by Deanna in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Back in the early 90s I worked for the Stevens Point Parks Department, keeping downtown Main Street and the Square clean. I found a lot of weird stuff working there (you wouldn’t believe how many bullets I found), but photos are always something I feel the need to hold on to. I found this picture on the sidewalk. It had been outside for a while and looked like it had been driven over and drug through the streets, which is why there are all those white spots. The woman’s outfit makes me giggle, but I wonder what is up with that kid. He looks like he isn’t having too much fun. He looks like his drugged. Or maybe he’s just weighted down by the enormous size of that life preserver.
FOUND by Andrew Killmeier in 1st Street and Berendo, Los Angeles, California
I found these negatives on the sidewalk in front of my building. There were several pages leading in a row down the street, but I took only two. There were also some full body shots in which the model is holding two pistols with silencers and her hair is waving around, but that page didn’t scan so well. I’m assuming the negatives were discarded by a thief, or perhaps by the actual photographer. Ah, sometimes I love living in Los Angeles. Sometimes.
FOUND by Brandon Simmons in Little Rock, Arkansas
I found this in a fly fishing coffee table book purchased at the Cox Creative Center (which happens to be the last remaining used-book store in my hometown). There was also a letter, dated 1/28/90, sent along w/ this picture of the “master angler” attached.
FOUND by Anna Catwrangler in a used book
This was found in a used book that my boyfriend was reading. It is a perfect seventies photo of what looks like a mom and her daughter. Mom has freshly done her lipstick and has the perfect sunglasses on while her daughter is enjoying the thrill of the photo. Finding this seventies shot in a book my boyfriend is reading is appropriate since I joke that his coming of age of the seventies is where he is stuck in reference to books and music.
FOUND by Lorena Endara in Panama City, Panama
I am a photographer of the dying breed, the one that still shoots with film. After I get my film developed and scanned at the lab around my house, I rush back home to look through my images. This one time, though, there was an extra set of photographs which technically I did not find, but rather, they found me. Some person’s photos from a trip to Tunisia were mixed in with my own scans. The curious thing about this was that I was a month away from my family vacation to Tunisia. Having this coincidence take place halfway around the world, in Panama, was fascinating as it gave me a taste of what to expect through the pictures of some unknown person.