Do you know what happened to those boxes of family photos in your Aunt Pearl's attic after she died? Does anyone?
Years ago (pre-Pictures and Stories days) I was working as a photographer and mixed media artist. One of my favorite pastimes was to lurk in antique stores and junk shops, looking for discarded photos that I could use in art projects. These "lost souls" spoke to me and gave me ideas for stories I could tell visually. My fanciful stories were a departure from reality, but I loved the process of giving these abandoned photos a new "life."
But what if you could bring these "lost souls" back to life in a real way? When I recently stumbled across "Lost and Found: The Search for Harry and Edna," I was moved and fascinated. And also a little bit scared.
Photographer Jeff Phillips also had a habit of scouring junk shops for discarded family photos. One day he hit the jackpot: 30 boxes of Kodachrome slides that documented the life of a couple identified only as Harry and Edna. He paid $60 for the lot and then set about trying to find out more about them.
But it also made me think: what will happen to my lost relatives? I have a box of unidentified ancestral photos, people I know are related to me, but in what way? They led full, interesting lives. Yet in a few short generations, nobody remembers who they are, what they did, what they lost, or who they loved. I crave knowledge of them, but because their stories weren't documented, I may never know.
Do you know where your relatives are?
Were Harry and Edna found? You'll have to read the story to find out.