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Posted in Family, Found Items, Photography with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2011 by michaelchernoff

In my previous post I found a photograph at the rummage sale at the First Methodist Church in Delmar NY. Another neat item was a Polaroid Flashgun with all the booklets and box included. I got the equipment simply because finding old photo and video equipment is a mini hobby of mine and stuff like this is finite so there’s no telling if demand will grow. After taking the item home and reviewing it’s contents I found a suprise inside.

Polaroids of strangers…dated December 1965. I guess the prints were forgotten and left in the box carelessly. Judging by the weather and architecture I could imagine the home being in Delmar or somewhere in the Northeast. It’s a modest lower middle class home and the prints seem forced or time catalysts. I imagine this man and his companion were waiting for something to happen and were just fooling around with the camera. There seems to be no purpose for this picture except that it is made. Suprisingly I think the details could pass for being from the last decade let alone 50 years. But then there was another photo that was even more unexpected…and maybe racey for these people.




A woman…middle aged…in a bed…in her underwear…in a private room…which looks identical to the decor of people I knew over the age 0f 65. 65…why that number too?

Anyway I figure the woman’s husband snapped this…I guess new technology demands some erotic exploitation. The woman in this photo maybe dead or very frail and weathered. There’s something abound the orange blanket and the lamp that makes me feel fuzzy and warm with nostalgia of the smell of my grandfathers former home. This picture reads as a reflection on the old times of the senior citizens I met as a child. This was modern living for them and they lie around in underwear and let photos capture them exposed in a setting I consider tacky and cozy. It’s like a pin up for old fashioned interior design. Based on the next photo I found I’m guessing the woman is on vacation in Florida.

If the person who owned these pictures wants them back lets negotiate a price since the content is above average. If not I’ll cherish the pictures…in a platonic way for the bedroom shot. I think I’ll keep looking for photos left behind in time and see if I learn anything.

New Documenting Interest

Posted in Found Items, Photography with tags , , , , on November 11, 2011 by michaelchernoff

Lately I haven’t contributed much to my BlogAlong but I think I may have found a gem to restart the passion. At a church rummage sale last weekend I bought a lot of great art books and some one of kind images. The photograph above is a portrait of a man whose name is unknown. There is no name or date written on it and it came framed printed on a Kodak color paper. The location looks like Nepal or India. When I found this picture it was among many bland posters, old folksy paintings, and empty picture frames. Certainly this wasn’t the most crafted item the art section of the sale had to offer but the photo had a very serious and intimate nature. This man is posing for the photographer and the men in the truck watch the photo shoot with smiles. I can’t tell if the smile is based on recognition of the man and his photographer or if they are being doted on for tourists? The area feels rural maybe a truck stop. There is so little information and attractiveness contained in this image which makes it attractive.

The picture was priced at 50 cents. When I purchased it I asked the cashier ladies if they knew anything about the picture. They didn’t know the man or who had donated it to the sale. So this items history is completely unknown to me. It’s strange that such a photo could be left and then adopted by me and I have no personal connection to it. If I saw this in a gallery I would probably pass over it or maybe dispise it and the photographer. But here the idea of this abandoned treasure which shouldn’t have been accessible to me became mine through fate and a cheap value.

If anyone knows this man or recognizes the location please share a story as I have here…because more stories are for the best.