Look At Me.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

There's something mysterious and a little bit sad about old photos you find in bins and boxes at flea markets or antique shops. As a writer, I'm fascinated by them: who are these people and what were their stories? Turns out, the Tumblr feed Look At Me was founded on the same curiosity. Creators Frederic Bonn and Zoe Deleu started with just a handful of prints salvaged from the streets of Paris; now the project has expanded to include countless other spellbinding finds. 



Scrolling through, I can't help but think what great prompts these photographs would make for a creative writing exercise. As the site states, "[These people] can't help but be interesting, as stories with only an introduction." 

See more at Look At Me, here. Found via Messy Nessy Chic. 

10 comments:

tara said...

How amazing! And I totally agree-why are people's photos in a bin for people to look through? So sad. But, it would be really cool if you came across your great-great-grandmother! Assuming you could recognize her, of course ;)

sherry said...

you are right, shoko. those photos could be an interesting source for creative writing exercise. great post.

Sunny said...

Sooo interesting! I love old photos. & It's fun to dream up stories about folks. My boyfriend and I do it on the subway sometimes. ;) Not to take away from any of this but I saw this series you might appreciate : http://fstoppers.com/pics-reflections-portraits-of-the-elderly-as-they-once-were Hope you have a nice day!

little t said...

Stories with only an introduction... so spot on. That is exactly why they are so interesting.

Anonymous said...

These are so lovely.

Jamie said...

thanks for this! i love this site.

Shoko said...

Tara, yes!

Sunny, I LOVE that. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

So cool!

Farrah said...

I love.

Shoko said...

PS: Don't forget to check these out, too! http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/07/17/the-lost-photo-collectors/

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