THESE black and white bridal photographs offer an eerie window on to a long-lost wedding – but whose ceremony was it?
James Andow, aged 23, bought a set of darkroom equipment from a charity shop in Broomhill, Sheffield – and the developed film of the mystery wedding shots was still on a reel inside the developing drum.
Now the former Sheffield University student, who is studying for a PhD, is hoping Star readers may help him identify the bridal party.
He said: “I was really excited when I found them. It is exciting enough to be looking at someone else’s pictures which they had never seen.
“But when I saw that they were of a wedding, that was something else.”
The forgotten black and white shots, of a bride, groom, bridesmaids and guests, appear to date from the 1970s.
They appear to be shot from a distance in modern reportage style, with few of the subjects looking at the camera.
James said: “The striking thing about them is they don’t look like they have been taken by a close member of the family. The shots are quite impersonal as hardly anyone looks at the person taking the picture. They’ve clearly been taken by a proficient photographer but I’m not sure any of the shots are sentimental.”
Now James is hoping a Star reader might come forward with information about the mystery photographs.
“I’d like to know more about the situation and how someone came to take loads of photos, go through the laborious business of developing them, and then leave them before making them into prints. ”
n Email Rachael Clegg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 2521309 if you know the identity of the photographer or the wedding party.