Friday, May 16, 2014

Lost & Found

I was in Brighton earlier this week... where I found this camera abandoned on the beach.

When I first saw it, it was just lying on the pebbles and I was sitting a short distance away having a drink with some colleagues and so we watched to see if anyone came back, frantically searching for it.

An hour passed.

There was nowhere sensible to hand it in to and there seemed to be little chance of it making its way back to its owner, so rather than leave it to the ravages of sun, rain and salt water I thought I'd look after it and make best efforts to find its owner.

If it was digital I'd have a look at the photos and upload something that people would identify... but it's a film camera so I can't. Well not yet. There's a film in the camera and if I don't get a response from this, I'll pay to get the pictures developed and try again.

But for now... there are some initials on the case. If this is your camera, get in touch and let me know what those initials are and I'll work out a way of returning it to you...

47 comments:

Melanie K said...

This sounds like the plot to Danny Wallace's "Charlotte Street", perhaps it would be easier to track down the owner of the camera by developing the photographs!23

Dave Gorman said...

@Melanie K: see paragraph 5.

Don Carter said...

Obviously Modern Life is not that good(ish) for its owner.

Dave Gorman said...

@Don Carter well, if they were modern and used a digital camera this would be a whole lot easier!

Jayne said...

Imagine if those photographs were of Alan Sugar holding a fifty pound note in an envelope.

Don Carter said...

Very true. Excellent series by the way.

Dave Gorman said...

@Jayne: I am imagining it. If it does then a) I've been done up like a kipper and b) you're either in on it or psychic.

Anonymous said...

Hey I was on a Brighton beach this weekend, but forgot my analogue camera*. Word of warning: Prepare yourself before looking at the pics - it could be a setup!

*I forgot to take it to Brighton, not from.

Helen G said...

Melanie K - I was thinking exactly the same thing... very much like the plot of Charlotte Street!

Frank Bird said...

Dave,

One thing for sure it's not going to be a teenager.

Regards and best wishes.

Frank (Cardiff ? :-) )

Janine Pinder said...

You can get film developed onto a cd then upload the pictures that might help?

Rob Z Tobor said...

I can see the sequel to Blow-Up taking shape even as I type.

Is that a body or a flounder in that rock pool.

Good luck with the hunt, you may have to take it to all your shows for years to come just in case.

Dave Gorman said...

@Janine Pinder: again... see paragraph 5!

Eddy Thomas said...

The most creepy outcome; you get the pictures developed and they are all of you taken over a couple of years.

Anonymous said...

Unwise to have the photos developed yourself. If they are 'objectionable' you will be legally responsible. Get the police to do it.

John Zoro said...

That should be the new name for your new show!

"See paragraph 5!"

twinghost said...

googlewhack 2?? :D

Bill said...

Not related to article but I had to send you this and I don't do facebook. Hope you receive this OK Dave. Just happened to watch old episode of "Genius" with S. Lee the other night and then saw this today. Prescient or what???
http://tinyurl.com/mkdb7fa
Virtual reality for chickens!!!

John said...

I'm calling a new book/tour right now. :)

chris elder said...

Strange coincidence I was in Scunthorpe earlier this week... where I found a penny abandoned on the floor outside an abonded old Woolworths store.

When I first saw it, it was just lying on a bench with a can of special brew heckling and wolf whistling single Mums only a short distance away with some 'colleagues' and so we watched to see if anyone came back, frantically searching for it.

An hour passed.

There was nowhere sensible to hand it in to, as the nearest post office was over 100 meters away and there seemed to be little chance of it making its way back to its owner, so rather than leave it to the ravages of of a City Banker on his/her holidays, I thought I'd look after it and make best efforts to find its owner.

If it was a pound I'd have kept it... but it's a copper coin and that is pretty rare these days. Well not yet. There's a picture on one side of the coin, not sure if this is the owner, but she doesn't look like she needs the money.

But for now... there are some illegible initials on the case. If this is your coin, get in touch and let me know what those initials are and I'll work out a way of returning it to you...

Dave Gorman said...

@John It definitely isn't in the new book because that's already written. Nor will it be in the new tour.

But thanks for giving me a perfectly reasonable opportunity to plug both.

Dave Gorman said...

@Chris Elder: if the penny was capable of heckling and whistling you should take it to Britain's Got Talent or somesuch and make your fortune. It will be worth more than a penny. But beware... vimeo.com/50941741.

chris elder said...

@Dave

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU1MAokrrUk

Better version of that lovely song.

chris elder said...

p.s I meant I, not it. I was giggling to much at my own story to think hard enough about correct grammar!

Mila Fojut said...

Are you anticipating Scottish independence? No dates on your tour :(

Dave Gorman said...

@Mila Fojut a) Aberdeen is definitely in Scotland. b) I don't book venues, they book me. If I'm not playing somewhere, either they didn't want me or did and didn't have dates that worked or something similar. & c) Link

JimH said...

just a thought, the chances of someone blogging if they don't have a digital camera is a bit slim.

However fair play for doing this, if nothing else you will get a small buzz out of the possibility of finding the owners

cartoonhead1970 said...

It could be a young persons camera, I gave my daughter an old 35mm camera to mess about with. She is 8.

I'm sure there will be teenagers out there who like the retro camera thing.

conquerblog said...

If there is any more photos left you should use them before processing it. This way they get a lovely suprise when you give back the camera + photos to the surprised but elated owner!
Also you could use goggles creepy face search to hunt down the people in the film!
Detective mystery here we come!

Emma Spreadbury said...

It might have a UV security pen mark on it... the sort of people that still use that sort of camera might be the sort of people that write their postcode in UV pen on things.

R77B said...

Nice one for trying Dave. Good luck with the search. Many other people would have kept it or threw it away.

Lloyd Pearson said...

This could be owned by one of two people a) an old person who doesn't like new technology. b) a child who can't be trusted with digital. Either way I don't they'll be using the internet

Dave Gorman said...

@Lloyd Pearson you're not the only person to say this - I've had two or three people get quite agitated with me on Twitter saying the same thing. Some of them seem almost angry that I've made even the tiniest effort to find the camera's owner when - in their eyes - the camera's owner has no chance of seeing my post.

I know that the chances are slim. I get that. And that's why I've said that, if I get nowhere I'll develop the photos.

But the idea that young and old people don't use the internet seems to be a) wrong and b) irrelevant.

It presupposes that the only way of this working is if the camera's owner happens to be the kind of person who reads my blog or follows me on Twitter. That seems to be a very simplistic view of how the internet works.

Is it possible that someone will see it and think, "that's my Dad's camera" or "that's my daughter's camera"?

Maybe someone will post a link to it in a forum populated by plenty of Brightonians and maybe someone will see it and think, "my next door neighbour mentioned that they'd lost a camera..."

There are myriad ways in which this information might reach someone who knows someone who knows someone who's lost a camera.

Of course it's unlikely. But the idea that the kind of people who use this camera are not only disconnected from the internet but are also disconnected from any sort of community/family who might be online seems most peculiar!

Vince said...

No one seems to be trying to guess the initials. I think it's AA. Or that may be just the battery type

Anonymous said...

Can I just make the rather obvious observation that a compact film camera, and one that dates from 2002 at the earliest, is most likely to be owned by someone of the older generations. That ties in well with someone who would be on Brighton beach when the weather isn't that great, and someone who would put their initials on a camera case.

Such a person might have reported it lost.

They are also likely to have a been on a trip there (if they were from Brighton they would be unlikely to take a camera to the beach), from a location not too far away (south east certainly), maybe an OAP trip out? They'd also not have a smartphone, or be online particularly.

Thus probably the most fruitful way to search is probably to find which coach companies had trips to Brighton that day - and then from where.

Otherwise I fear that even after finding someone to develop the film you are still going to be stuck with pictures of person X and no way of tracking down who they are.

Dave Gorman said...

@Anonymous: thank you, Anonymous. Your ability to not read the existing comments is commendable!

Anonymous said...

Get over yourself, you're not half as smart as you'd wish you were.

If YOU'D actually read what was written you'd find there was more there than was in the comments above - forming a logical chain. A chain it appears from YOUR previous comments you are incapable of making.

I little less sanctimonious quipping, a little more thinking and thanking, wouldn't go amiss.

Dave Gorman said...

Thank you @Anonymous. Your ability to remain anonymous *and* stroppy knows no bounds!

I'm sorry that you find it annoying that I find it funny that you think, "...you are still going to be stuck with pictures of person X and no way of tracking down who they are".

The idea that a photo of a face would still make it an impossible task - as if only the individual concerned is able to recognise their own face - makes me chuckle.

Of course it's unlikely that it will work. Still, worth a go, eh?

Graham the Funky Aardvark said...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-27543921

Okay, not exactly the same situation, but there is hope.

(And they did have to get the pictures to do it)

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed by the sweeping generalisations people think they can make about the owner.

'Can't possibly be from Brighton'?

Well, maybe they found the camera in the loft and thought it'd be fun to pop to the beach and use up the film

Or just like the warmth of 35mm film and use it to photograph local things.

Or a thousand other possible reasons.

People are a bit, you know, complicated.

Maybe this won't work, maybe it will. Isn't it the right thing to have a go?

Andrew Sharp said...

I'm just amazed that people are getting so annoyed that a nice person is trying to do a kind thing.

Steve B said...

What's the latest update on the camera?

Dave Gorman said...

@Steve B: The latest is that I've been away for a few days to attend a family wedding and have been offline and unable to pursue it further. We'll see.

DEC66 said...

Keep us posted on any further camera news. I for one think it is highly commendable that someone should make the effort to match object to owner, using whatever methods possible.
Too many comments on here, and / or Twitter undermine the kind actions being carried out. If only everyone made the smallest of efforts, to be that little bit nicer, then the world would be a better place for it.

Keep up the good work.

cartoonhead1970 said...

Hello there, Did you ever get the pictures developed?

Dave Gorman said...

Yes! And the results ended up being discussed in one of the episodes of series 2 of Modern Life Is Goodish...

Daniel Cleaver said...

Did this camera ever find an owner after the show?