“Lots of people have been using lockdown to learn German, do a bit of cooking” but not Max…
This journey began when Max Fosh was gifted a photo-frame for his new apartment nearly 2 years ago, which included a stock photo of a woman. He decided not to change the photo for sentimental reasons and now, in the current lockdown climate, he’s set out on a search for the “Stock Photo Woman” also known as “Sarah”.
Starting off, Max explains how he left the search to his viewers. #FindSarah was created on reddit, and Max found himself being bombarded with emails as to who “Sarah” might be, including one viewer who thought she may be their vet. Max narrowed down the leads he’d gathered over the last week and broke them down in the video.
He started with the name Feryal Ounes, a frequent lead that he came across in his emails due to reverse image searches of “Sarah”. Max claims that the image is often used to catfish, however after a quick search of the Ounes name, he came across a family company. One Facebook photo of the family showed a woman who resembled “Sarah”. Since this find, Max has messaged the family, and even used his “one government sanctioned run of the day” to send a letter out to Dubai, showing solid commitment to the cause.
While one lead was being investigated, an opportunity for Max came about that he thought may help get his message out to a broader audience, and eventually lead to his long-lost “Sarah”. An Australian model, who Max originally thought may have been “Sarah”, contacted Australia’s Breakfast TV programme, Sunrise, to interview Max and to help #FindSarah.
While one presenter claimed “this bloke may be really creepy,” the other stated “you’re like a young Louis Theroux!”
Overall, the interview seemed to help reach a larger audience for Max’s search, and inspired a few more leads that came to his attention, presented in a quick-fire style round. These included contacting a Stock Photo expert and German and Czech photographers, all in which he is actively following. Using both email and Facebook messaging, Max was “covering all basis” to find anything that might lead to his dream of finding (and meeting!) the stock photo model.
Finally, Max saved “the best until last” and explained how the head Archivist of Getty Images had recently got in touch with intel about the stock photo. For legal reasons, the information has not been shared with Max yet. Max believes this may as well be the final, and best, lead to help find who “Sarah” is, but also the most frustrating.
“I truly, truly believe that we will find Sarah”, Max says while thanking his viewers for all their help throughout the case. He’s still looking forward to hopefully being able to meet the stock photo model after lockdown.
Max urges anyone who might have any details about “Sarah” to get in touch via his email.