I went through a similar thing a few years ago
Now this is really bizarre that I just noticed, my post above that says it is from "pmead" which is not my normal membership name or account and I have no idea how it got created or why.
Very brief explanation that I just finished a crash from hell all thanks to Apple for an attempt I made to install an updated Mac OS X version on my 2011 -27 inch iMac. In just a few words, it can only be described as an update from Hell, and it corrupted several boot drives as well as multiple backup clones and I am now almost at the end of restoring everything to where it should be which has taken several weeks.
I have also been an ehMac.ca forums member since about 2006, but that account got lost when the old mayor was making some changes around 2009 and for some reason could not be rectified, so a new account was made which I have been using since that time with a fair number of replies and posts.
What is really strange is how the post above was able to be made and I have no idea how the mix up was created during a restoration of my data and I certainly can't recall why or how I would have been creating a new account in 2020.
The mess that my iMac ended up in with it and very s other partitions all corrupted makes me think that there must have been some sort of malware Trojan doing its work to destroy things because something sure did a damn good job of corrupting just about everything, and I have had to use several bizarre methods of recovery to get most of my data back. As I say it has been similar to a frustrating exercise in Hell.
So now you have an exclamation of why my post arrived above as it did, but I wanted to add my suggestion of finding lost photos of using Find Any File
, and one of the reasons for using it is because Apple's Spotlight doesn't look everywhere.
You can find it here:
You could try searching by using various graphic extensions, .jpg, or .jpeg etc. and then search through the thumbnails for anything that might look like your lost photo.
If it was in a RAW format, that probably won't work as I don't think they provide a thumbnail View but I might be incorrect there.
One of the advantages of Find Any File is it will search in all the cracks and crannies of your Mac's hard drives, and provides a very easy to use access listing and pathway of found items.
I thought that some versions of iPhoto and maybe Photos had the ability to search one's hard drive for various images, but I'm not sure and I don't use the applications very much.
Anyway, another suggestion for you to try I'm sorry to get a bit off track and sidetracked with my iMac's mishap and corruptions.
And here I thought I was well protected with multiple backup clones.