Sorry about the long title. SEO habits die hard. This story about Todd Bieber's adventure after finding a lost roll of black-and-white 35mm film deserves as many readers as search engines can provide. I'm just sad that I didn't find and follow the narrative from the beginning.
To summarize, Todd Bieber finds a roll of film while skiing in Brooklyn's Prospect Park during the January blizzard. He develops the black-and-white images of iconic New York City locations and makes a film to share them in hope of reuniting them with their maker. His original YouTube video is picked up by ABC News, eventually amassing more than 1.5 million views. In a follow-up film, Todd is less hopeful about finding the owner but reports on the many contacts he has gained in the process. Finally, on March 9, he shares that the French owner of the photographs has contacted him, publishing a documentary of his trip to Europe to deliver the prints and negatives to their maker.
I don't watch ABC News. I don't spend a lot of time browsing YouTube videos. I follow my favorites and occasionally click through from Facebook on the latest hilarity. So how was I so lucky to have found this story? Checking out Darren Rowse's Digital Photography.School (I'm am email subscriber who rarely clicks through to the photography tip for the weekend), I discovered that Peter West Carey of The Carey Adventures posts there. Duh. How did I miss that?
Peter's discussion of what to do with old film cameras (of which I have more examples than any one woman could ever need) included a link to The Film Photography Podcast by Michael Raso. After a quick peek at MIchael's site, I chose the quickest route to connect with him: I followed him on Twitter, first browsing his recent Tweets. This one popped out: