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.