New Zealand photographer Luke Riding was trekking around the base of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. At the same time, he stumbled upon a smashed-up Fujifilm digicam that had fallen from atop the 1,488-foot-tall rock formation. The memory card became intact, and Riding located some pix on it.
After trying and failing to discover the owner through posts on Instagram and Twitter, his friend (and fellow photographer) Ben Horne worried about the search. On February twentieth, Horne shared this 3-minute video to track down the owner to return the snapshots.
“I published the video at 6 am Pacific time, and it was in flip posted on Reddit through a 3rd birthday celebration,” Horne tells PetaPixel. “On the Reddit page, a man named Patrick recognized one of the ladies in the image as a high college acquaintance from almost ten years ago.
“He remembered her call, noticed he was nonetheless Facebook pals with her, then reached out to her. The girl confirmed that it became her sister’s digicam, and by 7:30 pm that equal day, I was given a message from Sarah on Instagram. The entire thing passed off in just over 12 hours.”
The digicam’s owner is Sarah Salik, who hiking Angels Landing with her sister in mid-2016. Upon achieving the top, the pair stopped to have lunch, at which era Salik accidentally knocked her digital camera over the threshold.
Luke is now operating to ship the digital camera and reminiscence card lower back to Sarah (seen at the left inside the picture of the two sisters) to be reunited with the gear and snapshots she lost nearly three years in the past.
“It’s a quite simple tale surely, but it shows how interconnected all of us are and the power of social media,” Horne says.