Lost and Found Photography

A project of lost and found photography which will expand and grow over time as i discover more objects and items either dropped, misplaced or discarded.

The project evolved from a personal 50mm photography project which started in 2007 and is still on going. Whilst shooting of my 50mm F/1.8 project I have focused on many different subjects but mainly in the realms of observational photography. But soon after starting this project i found another theme starting to emerge quite rapidly, lost and found photography.

There has always been a fascination with lost or disregarded items. These items seem to follow similar trends such as one glove and one shoe. I often find babies dummies, children’s toys and sometimes i find the oddest object, such as false teeth or a miniature television.

Often the lost items are placed by others in a more convenient way or space. Hoping others become aware of the presence, or hoping they will be found by the owner. This brings the challenge to photograph the objects in an interesting and engaging. I will walk around the object 360 degrees if possible and take photographs from different angles to find that perfect composition.

The composition of each photography is one of the most important elements to this project. It is a way of presenting the object in a unique way. I choose to shoot all objects with a 50mm lens and at an aperture of F/1.8 regardless of place, light and it’s surroundings. By using a wide aperture I am able to isolate each object and help focus the viewer on the importance of the subject matter.

Each object is alone, lost in its own world of shallow focus.

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