Simple Restoration.

Restoring family photo.

Although this was a simple B&W Restoration I took some time over it because I had received a whole bunch of photos from a gentleman that wanted various jobs doing.
So how many people out there have exactly the same pose, same condition of photo, and maybe even the same time period? I’m sure there are lots of you and by the time you wish to pass your photos on to your children they are almost unrecognisable. It’s a shame because once your kids appreciate family photos most of them are lost or in pretty poor condition. So do something about it.
Below you will see what I managed to accomplish, it’s damn good, and will now last forever.

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A walk in the park

Enjoying the view from a walk in the park.

Having a walk in the park was one of the favourite pastimes for anyone of any age back in the 30’s, 40’s 50’s and as late as the sixties. People still visit their local parks of course but mainly on the warmest of sunny days and there simply has to be a place to park the car. No way is anyone going to walk all of half a mile then have to walk even more around the park. These two lovely ladies know what it’s all about. Put your Sunday best on, grab a friend or two, then set off down to the park for an enjoyable browse around the lawns and flower beds. They would probably know all the flower names and who had them in their gardens living down their streets. If you find a seat in your local town and watch people walk by, how many do you think could recognise a daisy from a dandelion these days.
There was always someone you knew that had an allotment wasn’t there, and they would always bring you something to plant in your very own garden costing absolutely nothing. You can still find garden allotments but they are dwindling fats as the cost and need for land increases. These ladies would have adored Tandle hill country park in Royton. A very large public area with lots to see and do but sadly lacking in flowers like it used to have when I was a child.

Back to the ladies:

This was just an enhance and colourise job I received recently but as always I can’t help wondering about the subjects and what thoughts were going through their minds. “Hurry up and take the picture”, “What a lovely day it is” I guess we will never know.
The subject is typical from those days, the degradation of the photo was just as expected, so it’s nice to put something back into a memory that’s special to someone and maybe it will be passed on to appreciative descendants. I hope so.
The restoration of these ladies having a walk in the park was indeed a walk in the park. Simple enhancement methods were used then added splashed of colour to give it plenty of life. My technique is not to fully colourise a photo unless I’m asked specifically to do that. I like to leave some of the original B&W tones to give the photo a kind of anchor for the real time it was taken. Looks pretty good to me so I hope you understand what I’m saying.

Enhance and colourise A walk in the park

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Restore & Colourise

Restore, Manipulate & Colourise.

The request to colourise this photo wasn’t unusual, but I was also asked to remove the baby (the customer) which makes strange things shoot through your mind at first. It turned out that the owner only had a couple of photos of her parents on their own, she just wanted to build up her album a little.
Manipulating the photo wasn’t very difficult but I first had to restore it which took quite some time. Once done I removed the baby, joined the couple, then colourised it to my customers requirements. It turned out much better than I first thought it would.

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Prince William

Prince William? No!

The recent restoration I did for a customer proved to be quite a challenge. Lots of damage and inclusions, worst of all I could not retrieve any information on the marines legs.
I searched everywhere for a photo of a marine showing him at attention perhaps but to no avail. Most photos are taken from the thigh upwards which is really annoying for people like me who need to use bits n pieces from photographs. I almost gave up until I found a picture of Prince William walking with a friend shortly before his wedding. One leg was useless because of his stance but the other was perfect, so I used his right leg twice in this repair.

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