Aila Cason, a Georgia photographer, recently purchased a disposable Kodak camera from a thrift store. Despite knowing that all the photos on the camera had already been taken, Cason decided to develop the film herself and see what was on the device. What she found was a series of family photographs taken in 2006 at someone’s 21st birthday party. Cason realized that the images would be treasured memories for the people in them and she was determined to return the photos to their rightful owners. So, she posted a TikTok video of the photos and it quickly went viral, with followers declaring a desire to help find the camera’s owner.
Before long, Cason managed to track down the owner after family members reached out to her on TikTok. One of the family members informed Cason that one of the men in the photos had recently passed away, making the photos even more meaningful to the family. Cason was happy to be able to return the photos and give the family a piece of their history back.