A Richmond, Virginia based photographer, Meagan Abell, made a truly delightful discovery while browsing the shelves of a local thrift store. Sitting there on one of the racks, Abell found a box of old photographs, which also happened to contain four sets of medium format negatives. Like any good photography enthusiast would do, she purchased the box and brought it home so she could scan the negatives.
Much to her (and our) delight, the images on the negatives turned out to be pretty stunning. At this point, I think it pretty much goes without saying that we need to know who took the photos so we can enjoy more of their work and get a little background info on the few images Abell has found.
In a Facebook post, Abell shared this about the photos, “The only info I have is that the negatives were found in a thrift store on Hull St in Richmond, VA. They are medium format, and judging by the style of dress, made in 1940-1950.” She also mentioned the thrift store owner has no idea where they could have come from. So, she’s calling on the power of the internet to help her find either the model in the images or the photographer who took them, or, perhaps more ideally, both of them!
Here’s the post Facebook post:
If you have information on the negatives, Abell is asking you reach out to her or, at the very least, share this story on social media using the hashtag #FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives to help the story spread, thus increasing the chances of finding the original photographer. You can contact Abell via her website (select Inquire from the menu) or leave a note on her Facebook page.
At the time of posting, Abell’s Facebook call to action has gained over 6,400 shares in under 21 hours. It may seem like a long shot, but we’re hopeful one of you can help–after all, collectively, we have some experience in these types of situations. When DIYP reader, Marcel Bonnet found a lost Nikon DSLR and memory card full of a stranger’s vacation photos, he posted a similar call for help on the internet, including a share over on the DIYP Facebook page. In almost no time, Bonnet was able to track down the camera’s rightful owner.
Alight, my fellow DIYP-ers, hit the share buttons at the top of this post and help make this one go viral. In the meantime, we promise to keep you all updated on any new developments–happy hunting!
[ via Resource Magazine ]