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December 11, 2004
No title, no date. Submitted by [no name provided]. Madrid, Spain.
Courtesy of Look at Me website.
I framed a snapshot I found in a flea market bin, and it holds a place of reverent enjoyment on my desk at home. In it, a solitary man in silhouette, commands a precarious one-man dirigible as he floats above a jam-packed sports stadium in what I take to be a town in Italy in the 1940's. I have no idea who took the photo, or who the reckless soul is suspended precariously in the air, but it gives me pleasure every time I look at it. Maybe it's the act of personal daring that connects me to this photo, or the wonderful composition that lets me see so much of the mysterious context and imagine the circumstances. But recently I've discovered that I'm not alone in the love of these anonymous one-of-a-kind almost-discarded photos.
A wonderful website celebrates more than 400 of these kinds of images, with contributors from all over the world. And a new book from one especially qualified collector fans the flames of the labor-intensive hunt for the nearly forgotten.