For this week’s phoneography challenge, Sally asks us to experiment with editing and processing. And so, I decided to use a shot taken at the Intuit Gallery in Chicago. It comes from an intriguing exhibit called Found: P.S. Page Me Later.
This collection of found objects by This American Life reporter Davy Rothbart started back in 2001 when he found a note one snowy winter night on his car windshield that was intended for someone else. The note, written to someone named Mario, intrigued and mystified Rothbart, who started a zine called FOUND, which offered to publish other lost and found items discovered by others on the street.
FOUND has received over 50,000 items in the intervening 13 years. Among the Intuit exhibit of love letters, Post-it® Notes, to-do lists, Polaroids, and audio recordings, there was an intriguing drawing of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, which caught my eye. The original shot, taken with my Samsung Galaxy, appears first. The other shots are my experiments with different Photoshop filters.
1. The Original Shot
2. The Shot with Film Grain Filter
3. The Shot with Poster Edges
4. The Shot with Cutout Filter
Each filter has a slightly different effect, and highlights different aspects of the shot. Which one do you prefer and why? Have you ever found an item that was intended for someone else or simply lost? What was it? Although I can’t remember finding anything of interest on the street except money, I am fascinated by this list of silverware handed over to the Webb C. Ball Company in 1931 which also appeared in the exhibit. It raises dozens of questions, such as: Was the silver ever claimed? Why was it given to the jeweler for safekeeping? Why was the list dropped on the street decades later? I love these mysteries, which are “food” for my imagination!
Here are some other phoneography challengers: