Clearing out a recording studio is not where you’d expect to find a stash of Cardiff photos – but that’s what happened to one freelance photographer.
Jon Poutney, who has recently bought the Cardiff Music Studios off Whitchurch Road, found the photos while renovating the studios.
He said: “We’d recently bought the music studios and were clearing out the building – as it was a bit of a state. As we did we found a whole host of old prints and negatives.
“As a photographer myself I was very interested and found it they were taken by Keith. I asked around but couldn’t find anymore information about him.”
View a selection of the photos found by Jon
Mr Poutney is now attempting to trace Keith and anyone who appears in the photos.
He said: “It’s odd to think these photos are nearly 30 years old yet apart from Keith no one may have seen them.
“I want to try and track down Keith to find out more about the photos and I hope if people recognise themselves or the areas in the photos to get in touch.
“All I know about him is he lived in the studios for a while, and became a taxi driver.”
The photos mainly show the Adamsdown, Splott and Butetown areas of Cardiff and people going about their daily business.
The 32-year-old who moved to Cardiff to study photography at university said: “These are unusual photos in that they just show everyday life. They are weddings, funerals and children playing in the streets.
“There also a lot of the forgotten parts of Cardiff, what is now Cardiff Bay. I think they are all from around the 1980s. I worked this out as one of the photos has a local newspaper in it showing the date.”
Mr Poutney has set up a blog to host the photos as he finds the time to take photos of the prints and get them online, as well as putting them on display at his studio.