A Kansas City architect took the job of a saint upon himself after discovering stacks of abandoned family photos in a now-closed printing store. He made it his mission to reunite the families with their forgotten memories. Read on to see how!
Reuniting People With Their Abandoned Photos
This past January, architect Brian Bononi started working on a new project as a local mall, Shops at Boardwalk. Previously, the spot in question had housed a fairly typical photo printing store. Fittingly, when Bononi entered the space, he found stacks upon stacks of photographs, enlarged portraits, printed mugs, and other memorabilia.
It seems as though the previous owner had decided to not throw the photos away when he closed up shop. Instantly, Bononi knew he couldn’t do so, either. In the end, he decided to do the right thing…
First, Bononi consulted his family, making sure they felt okay with him taking on such a big challenge. Thankfully, they loved the idea! Next, he contacted the previous store owner, also seeking permission from him. After the go head, Bononi took the piles of photographs back to his house, where he’s worked on reuniting families with their long-lost memorabilia ever since.
“These are people’s photos from graduation, newborns,” the architect said in an interview with ABC News. “If anyone knows anything about getting family portraits taken, [there’s] coordinating outfits, a Saturday when everyone can make it. Can you imagine getting there, and then never getting the canvas from this photoshoot?”
For months, Bononi has been hard at work on reuniting the photographs with their owners. He’s reached out to the community via social media pages and any other way he could. As a result, Bononi has reunited a couple dozen families and individuals with their abandoned printed items!
Bononi wants to reunite all the photos and families; however, it’s not easy! So, he needs your help! If you, or perhaps someone you know might’ve forgotten about some photos in Kansas City, Bononi might have it! If you would like to contact Bononi, you can message him at firstname.lastname@example.org.