Fascinating ... thanks Michael.
The 1200 odd rolls of film shot and stored in the cigar boxes in particular is amazing in that the guy who shot it gambled that at some point in the future the film would possibly be processed.
I can also understand why he has given up taking photos since pursuing this interest ... I can relate directly to that. When I was given a box of processed rolls of 135 that had been in storage rolled in their canisters for fifty odd years and no one had a clue what was on them I spent several weeks living within those rolls. Working out how to unroll them without fracturing the brittle nitrate film and get it flat enough to scan absolutely consumed me. Then of course you suddenly find yourself seeing through someone else's eyes as the images start to accumulate and at certain points you almost 'become' the person taking the photos. It was one of the most surreal experiences of my life!