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Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Ludlow Street

For my most recent colourising piece I chose this photo by the Danish American photographer and social reformer Jacob Riis. Riis moved to the USA in 1870 and after a very hard start where he was destitut he started work as a carpenter before finally working for a newspaper. At the time photography was very much in its infancy with both lenses and emulsions being very slow and therefore not suitable to photograph in the dark slums. In 1887 however Riis discovered that flash photography had been invented via the use of flash powder.

Riis instantly realised the potential for flash photography and he with friends and colleagues Dr. John Nagle, Henry Piffard and Richard Hoe Lawrence set about photographing the slums and their inhabitants with the first photo being published in 1888.

This photo is from around that time and shows one of four pedlars who lived in the cellar of 11 Ludlow Street, rear, in New York.

You can view the original and my coloured version below.

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I've become quite drawn to a lot of photos taken during the Great Depression in the 1930's in America and this particular photo entitled "Breakfast outside the Tacoma Commons Mission" was taken by Chapin Bowen. Colouring this one was more of a challenge than I thought it would be due to all the reflections in the windows. Not only did I have to try and work out what some of the reflections actually were but then had to layer up the different colours and work out the different opacity's so as to make them transparent enough to see the different things.

My colour conversion can be viewed below.

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

Country Store On Dirt Road

It's safe to say that I have been well and truly bitten by the colourising bug! At the moment I have a number of different photos on the go but each one is a deliberate choice to force me to learn new skills or work on specific processes. This photo is by far the most detailed and complex I've worked on so far. The shear amount of detail in this photo by Dorothea Lang is incredible and only really noticable when you zoom right in. Part of the challenge of this photo was all the signs on the shop as rather than just use colours I chose I wanted to make sure I used the actual colours that the signs used which meant researching every single one and trying to find a colour photo of each. Whilst I wasn't able to find an exact match for every sign for those that I didn't I did find similar signs which all used roughly the same colours.

I do have to say that if it wasn't for my new Huion H610 graphics tablet this photo would have been near impossible to have coloured and certainly not to the level of detail I managed to achieve.

You can view my full size colour conversion below.

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Soup Kitchen - Great Depression

I'm currently working on a number of different colour conversions of old black & white photos, some famous images, some relatively unknown, but the one thing they have in common is that they generally are of a historic era in time. It was whilst searching through online archives that I came across this image of men eating bread and soup in a breadline during the Great Depression in the USA. To think that this happened in relative modern history and that just a few years later the world would be plunged into a second world war, the gaunt, filthy and dejected appearance of these men seems all the more shocking and even more so in colour.

My colour conversion can be viewed below.

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