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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.