Photographer Meagan Abell from Richmond, Virginia, was browsing a thrift shop a few weeks ago when she stumbled across 4 sets of medium format negatives, sitting in plastic sleeves among other vintage photos. After purchasing and scanning them, she was amazed at the beautiful photos that emerged.
The photographs show what appears to be two different women posing on a beach, staring out into the horizon at dawn or dusk while waves crash around their feet. Neither woman’s face is fully visible in any of the shots.
The thrift store was in Richmond, Virginia, and Abell believes that the photos are from the 1940s or 1950s based on the style of the dresses worn by the subjects.
Abell is now turning to the Internet for help in finding the subjects and photographer of the photos. Since posting this set of photos on her Facebook page in hopes of them going viral, the images have attracted over 5,000 likes and 6,000 shares.
If you do share these photos, Abell is asking that you use the hashtag #FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives so that the search is more focused and easier to track. It’ll be interesting to see whether the photography community can band together to solve this photo mystery.
Update: On the edge of the film for one of the photos are the numbers “431 6082.” Anyone know what they mean?