As I mentioned in my previous post, I am working on a number of different old black & white photos that I am converting into colour. Each photo presents a new challenge and gives me something new to learn, experimenting with different colour pallets, blending modes and varying the opacity of various layer masks etc to try and produce a more natural looking result. This particular photo was taken in 1940 by Fred Morely during the Blitz and is supposedly of a milkman still on his rounds despite houses all around being bombed out. In actual fact the milkman was Fred Morleys assistant and not a milkman at all. Whilst the rest of the scene is entirely real, Fred borrowed the clothes and milkcrate from a real milkman and got his assistant to pose for the shot. The reason for taking the shot was quite simple. There had been nightly bombing for over a month by this time of the war and Fred knew that if he showed all the destruction of the Blitz in a negative way, it would never make it past the censors. Instead he staged this scene to demonstrate the maxim of "Keep Calm and Carry On".
You can see my colour version of this iconic photo below.