Phoneography and Non-SLR Photo Challenge: Editing and Processing Found Objects

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

Jackie O. original shot

Jackie O. original shot

2.  The Shot with Film Grain Filter

Jackie O with Film Grain Filter

Jackie O with Film Grain Filter

3.  The Shot with Poster Edges

Jackie O with Poster Edges

Jackie O with Poster Edges

4.  The Shot with Cutout Filter

Jackie O with Cutout Filter

Jackie O 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!

Lost Silver from the Found Exhibit, Intuit Gallery

Lost Silver from the Found Exhibit, Intuit Gallery

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  1. Enjoyed the post a lot. The idea of what is lost and found does provoke mind chatter. Your post processing of Jackie Kennedy gives the image slightly different appeals, which is the point. Coincidentally, the last image reminds me of street art, and therefore would be found the way the list of silver was discovered. Happy turn of the year into the new, and warm wishes for the year ahead. Happy Photo Challenge.

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  2. Each filter adds an interesting layer to an already intriguing photo, and I like the idea of an exhibit of lost items. I could get lost studying everything there. The silver list was a true mystery, and I had to wonder why the oyster spoons were hastily scrawled at the end of the list, but later there was enough time to type in the souvenir spoons. Wonderful post!

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    • Hi Elisa. Great observation about the souvenir spoons and the oyster! (The English grammar fanatic in me noted the incorrect spelling of “souvenir!”) Yes, that is very intriguing–why one was added later. So glad you enjoyed the post. I’ll stop by and see what you’re up to on your blog…All the best in 2015–Patti

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  3. Patti! Great post. Love all of the Jackie O images. Once found an 1886 silver dollar on the ground near the back door of our office. Thought we had ht the jackpot! Mentioned it to my father–who had lost the same coin (his lucky coin) and was some what devastated. Strange thing was he never went near the back door of our office. A total mystery. Happy New Year!

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    • Hi Michiko! Happy 2015! What a strange lost-and-found experience! I’m sure that 1886 silver dollar had a lot of silver in it! My father had a lucky silver dollar too..but not that old. All the best in the new year. Thanks for stopping by!

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