Upon clearing out a relative’s house in 2015, I stumbled upon thousands of photo slides taken around Europe over the course of nearly three decades, from the 1950s to the 1980s. I also discovered personal letters written in the 1940s and 50s. Amidst all of this material, I unearthed a decades-old tale of love and devotion.

I created a narrative using found photography and artifacts. The couple, who met and married during their time at Bletchley Park in the Second World War, had secrets to keep for years; their secrets still remain.

—Sam Lyne

Editors’ Note: This project was recognized by the jury of the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016—don’t miss the work from all 50 of these outstanding, international talents!

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like one of these previous features: Love We Leave Behind, Cody Bratt’s sensuous, atmospheric series; Lucie & Simon’s award-winning project that offers us a glimpse at the intimate moments in a romantic life; and Another November, a nostalgic project that follows women in Paris through the moments after a relationship ends.