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The People Remember

The people remember those who fell in war.

I don’t think I have ever published a news item of any sort on this website, but when I watched a programme this morning called The people remember I was immediately touched by a song. I guess “Spring to action” crossed my mind so here I am writing about it.
Obviously this is not one of my Photoshop’s in any way, shape or form. It’s just my little bit in helping people remember those that fight and protect your country, any country.
This particular episode from the BBC’s The people remember caught me by surprise and brought tears to my eyes. You can view it here and skip to 39.35 though I am unsure how long this link will work.
It’s also on YouTube sung by the same 15 year old girl from the Duke of York’s military school choir but not quite as tear jerking. Get the tissues ready because if you care about anything, this song will definitely get you going.

Remember the fallen….

Soldier Soldier was written by Vida Ivatt, harmonised and orchestrated by Major David Cresswell (rtd) and sung by DOYRMS student Rachel Ward. It is about a young soldier who receives a letter from his girlfriend while serving in Flanders. Many of the students who attend the School have parents serving in the forces, including Rachel whose dad is in the army. All proceeds of the sale of the single is split between two charities; the ABF and Care for Casualties, the Rifles’ charity.

Words to song:

Did you read the letter to you from the girl across the sea?
Did she say come back home safely as you charged across the fields?
Soldier soldier, Soldier soldier, when you heard the whistle blow,
On the fields of fallen soldiers where the scarlet poppies grow.

Did she say to you don’t worry don’t despair we’ll meet again,
Did she say home-fires were burning you’ll be here with me again?
Oh Soldier soldier, Soldier soldier, can you feel the Autumn breeze?
Through the heat of rifles howling there on Flanders fields.

Soldier oh soldier, as the tears filled your eyes,
Through the dust that drained before you did you say your last goodbyes?
Goodbye Soldier soldier, goodbye to those you know,
Goodbye Soldier soldier, on the fields where poppies grow.

Did you hear the bugle calling? Did you hear it on the breeze?
Did you hear the thunder rolling as you fell onto your knees?
Oh Soldier soldier, Soldier soldier, as you lay there on those fields,
Amid the cries of fallen soldiers, there on Flanders fields.

Soldier oh soldier, as the light left your eyes,
Did you reach out to hold her, did you say your last goodbyes?
Goodbye now Soldier soldier, goodbye to those you know,
Goodbye Soldier soldier, on the fields where poppies grow.

Did you read the letter to you from the girl across the sea?
Before her words fell on ashes as they drifted on the breeze?
Oh Soldier soldier, Soldier soldier, as you lay there on those fields,
Where the silent poppies tender there on Flanders fields.
Goodbye Soldier soldier, out there on Flanders fields.

Amen to that.



Handsome gentleman

Handsome gentleman in his heyday.

I received this photo from the subjects granddaughter asking if I could remove the creases and stains. I don’t have much in the way of information about the handsome gentleman other than he used to be a surgeon back in his heyday. When I first viewed it I honestly thought he was some kind of film star from the fifties due to his demeanour and dammed good looks. But my imagination wasn’t entirely spoiled when I learnt he was once a surgeon as this would place him right into that type of glamour world I would imagine. Especially back in those days.Hardest part in repairing this handsome gentleman photo was the moustache, I hate them. This particular one was damaged in the worst possible place with no way to clone details from other areas. I resorted to my artistry and hand drew the basics which always stands out a mile, something my competitors do and think it looks great. Thankfully I have a technique that helps me then adjust the drawing into something a little more believable.
The stains and background cleaning up only required the standard tools and tricks of the trade so a nice job completed in the end, and a very nice review from the granddaughter as can be seen here:

I gave Steve a very precious photo to restore after I had been told it would take 3 weeks by a big brand photo company. Steve managed to do it in just a few days and the end result was spectacular. Never have I received such great service for such a small price. I was kept updated with regular updates to my own viewing page so I could see the progress of the picture. Honestly can’t fault anything and will definitely be using Steve again.”

Original photo

Completed photo

Elegant Grandmother

 Elegant grandmother needing urgent repair.

When asked if I restore photos with creases and bits missing my answer was yes of course. I always expect the worst but the condition of this hand painted photo was absolutely terrible, it was actually crumbling before my very eyes. My customer had to deliver the picture by hand as it was too big to scan and couldn’t possibly be posted. It was mounted on cardboard which was quite normal back in the 20’s but the sheer size of it was amazing. It measured around 2ft x 3ft and had definitely filled the belly of many a moth, lucky them. The whole thing was also concaved and resisted being flattened but what did that matter when I saw it was twice the size of my scanner.
After my customer headed home I held the photo and looked upon it with great despair thinking I wonder if my local post office had a scanner large enough to accommodate it. What to do? Ok I decided to spray the back of the elegant grandmother needing urgent repair with some warm water and let it soak for a few moments. I set my scanner up and removed lid ready for the task at hand, cleaned the glass and set about scanning it in four parts as you can see below. Once that was done I carefully put the picture back into the bags my customer had left me and opened up one of my restoration programmes. I knew that Photoshop had a fab tool for joining up panorama style pictures so I jumped straight in and bingo, oh, it didn’t work. No matter what method I tried poor ole Photoshop could not assemble the segments in good fashion so I had to do it the old way which happened to work perfectly. Oh, the joy.

The four scans



Segments joined

This is the result of merging the four segments together. I’ve already merged the vertical lines and completed quite a bit of work on the photo. Next job was to clean up the horizontal line and make a start on the whole picture.







Following a few texts to and from my customer the photo of the elegant grandmother has been completed as can be seen below. It took a little longer than I expected as you have to apply a slightly different technique to hand painted photos. All things considered I think it’s turned out pretty darn good. Customer loved it 😉

Fully restored to customer specification

elegant grandmother fully restored to customer satisfaction