vintage found photo

I found this vintage photo at a flea market and love it for all its light leaks and sepia tones and the car that looks so enormous from the perspective of the camera.

And then it’s fun to wonder about the girl leaning against the car. What was her life like? Why was she in the woods? Who was on the other side of the camera? Was it a man, a woman, a lover, a friend?

Why was her image discarded in a bin full of dusty old things?


Some wonderful photography sites I’ve been soaking up lately:

Ned Ambler
Kareem Black
One of my favorite photos I’ve seen lately
A trip to Myanmar
and some really gorgeous photos from lightpainter. Especially this candied forest

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  1. Jennifer

    You’re right – it is kind of fun to wonder about the picture. To make up all kinds of wonderful ideas or stories behind that wonderful photo…

  2. Laney

    New here, just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and LOVE your photography. That vintage photo you found is so cool! Thanks for all the great links you share.

  3. Jodi

    Definitely a lover…someone she isn’t supposed to be with, someone her family doesn’t approve of. Someone who she will marry someday, and her family will grow to love, and she’ll always be glad she did that one, wild thing marrying him. That’s my take.

  4. mary

    I love old photos. I love to look at the people and think about their lives and exactlly as you have also pondered, why are their photos in some flea market. I always counter that sad thought with the idea that I am giving them a new home and new life. I found a booth at the St James Art Fair in Louisville KY where the woman took old discarded photos and made wonderful 3-D collages from them! Wish she had a web site, but she did not.

  5. Amanda

    Totally off-topic: I went back and read some of your older posts, and it’s so nice to see how your perspective has shifted in little ways, coinciding with little shifts in your life. Maybe we’re all like the earth in California, shifting by fractions of a millimeter everyday so we don’t notice the change.
    Anyways, your photography and posts so moved me, and I wondered if I invited such richness into my life in the form of new friends and new experiences, what would be the result? I look forward to finding out!

  6. tine

    Wow, I like this photo. It tells a story, for sure. And the girl in it looks kinda familiar as if she could be just one of your friends, Andrea. There might be little bit of resemblance to yoru friend Viola…maybe I’m just seeing things.
    Very interesting 🙂

  7. Dana

    Great photo – it reminds me of looking through my grandmother’s old photo albums in her attic and wondering all about the people in the photos. The ladies always looked so elegant!

  8. Donavan

    I love this.
    Found old photos are the best.
    I used to work in a photo lab, and we often did re-touches on very old family photos. Ones like these. I loved it.
    I vote for a lover by the way…at least that is the wonderful fantasy in my head. Forbidden moments caught on Silver Nitrate.
    Fantastic find!

  9. jessica

    i love the bicycle photo … very rich, love the movement. makes me want to ride my bicycle. i should anyway, i think it’s lonely.
    your found photo reminds me of this … my local newspaper prints old photos people have submitted. i have a clipped copy of a photo of two women in their 20s(?) in oversized bib overalls and boxing gloves duking it out in a field. it’s hilarious. i should find it.

  10. Ann Benoit

    andrea, i think you might like this site – its all found photos that have been “lost, forgotten, or thrown away. The images are now nameless, without connection to the people they show, or the photographer who took them”

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