Category Archives: Found

The beauty of the desert will be etched in my memory forever

The story below was constructed using found photographs and postcards from today’s trip to the Alameda Antiques Fair. Photos #3-4 are from the Union Oil Company’s Natural Color Photographic Scenes of the West (1939), and the Death Valley Viewmaster reel is pretty good!

Three mysteries: Prints found at a flea market

Powell Street Plaza, San Francisco, 8-30-1978

Inscription on the back reads: 8.30.78, Powell St. Plaza, S.F. (San Francisco)

From left to right we have a dancing (?) guy with his face cropped off, a row of dudes with their heads cropped off, the blonde girl in the flares, the old guy staring into the camera thinking “what are you taking a picture of?”, and the guy entering the scene on the right who is in sharp focus. The energy and dynamics of this image thrill me. Put this one in the dictionary under “snapshot aesthetic.”

A dog named Flash?

A dog named Flash?

If the sunlight wasn’t shining on the chair at bottom right, the blown out by sunlight dog yapping at bottom center might be more of a mystery. I guess the camera didn’t have highlight tone priority. The mother / daughter (?) energy is jovial, I love the colorful shirt — but Dad, try to give Lassie a treat now and then so he won’t bark so much, OK?

These dudes on the left look smashed, and I like the décor. Remind me to attend more rockin' parties.

These dudes on the left look smashed, and I like the décor. Remind me to attend more rockin’ parties.

Three mysteries: Prints found at a flea market

Found: Sailor by the side of the road, Nov 1944

Found: Sailor by the side of the road, Nov 1944

I love how the figure is extremely small in the landscape. There is no detail in the face in this print.

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

This small joshua tree photo is marked 6/29/27 on the back — could that be right? The print is 2 1/4″ by 1 1/2″ (63mm x 40mm image area).

Dogs and coats

Dogs and coats

This dog photo cracks me up.