These images are not Instagram-worthy. And that’s ok.
For the last eight years, out of sheer boredom at work, Doug Battenhausen has been collecting amateurish yet strangely beautiful photos forgotten on the internet.
These pics were taken long before the rise of selfies and well-curated, highly-filtered Instagram feeds. The 35-year-old record clerk from NYC isn’t interested in those. What he’s interested in are mundane images that were taken for no particular reason – or at least, not for likes and shares.
For instance, one unfiltered photo shows two girls drinking beer through paper bags over their heads, another dull image captures a man running in a banana suit.
“I miss the honesty of an early 2000s blog post,” he told Huck Mag. “I appreciate the limitations of a point-and-shoot camera or the way an actual film photograph looks or the pictures people would take with cell phones back when cell phone cameras were shitty.”
To find these photos, Battenhausen scours defunct accounts on sites like Flickr, Photobucket, and Webshots. He then archives everything he likes on his blog Internet History.
“If there’s one rule I try to keep to all the time,” Battenhausen told Business Insider, “it’s that I try to find pictures that have been abandoned. If you’re still actively using your photosharing website, I don’t want to encroach on that.”
Battenhausen has no ambitions of changing the way we take and share photographs. Instead, through his ongoing project, he just hopes to provide a place where the pics of old won’t be forgotten again.
“Through Internet History, I think I’m giving a second life to orphans,” he said.
Here’s a small selection of pictures from Battenhausen’s blog. You can head on over here to see more.
Via Huck Mag