Pronovost, Kelly ©2020

I get more pleasure than I ever thought possible from a Facebook page called ‘Damaged Photos’. Turns out I find defaced photos more fun than flawless ones. Like the image above. This shot might not contain as much character as the men pictured in it possess(ed), but its impairment still pulls me in and pleases me.

The group’s administrators define damage as “physical damage to a physical photo. It does not include photos of damaged objects, emotional damage felt by an artist, or any philosophical, ideological, societal, or political commentary on damage.” Then they close off with what I consider a hilarious comment, “It’s one rule, and in the title of the group. Simple concept, play nice and enjoy.”


David Ward authors books like The Lost 10 Point Night and Bay of Hope.

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  1. I love that there’s a group for Damaged Photos. I had no idea. This one is quite fixable, with time and patience in Photoshop. I’ve seen some doozies through the years. These old slides and film were just not designed to last decades and decades.

    1. thanks for your thoughts, greg. until i started collecting them, i had no idea (“These old slides and film were just not designed to last decades and decades.”). now that i do know, i feel some kind of urgency, that all the images of our youth will be gone way sooner than i thought, if they’re not scanned. re the damaged photo group, there are a couple of members that have made it an area of expertise. i had no idea either. 🙂

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