Restoration

March 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Today, l have added a gallery called "Restored". This shows some examples of the work l have done with old slides, negatives and prints. I have scanned these photographs, saving them as digital files which can then be cleaned up or otherwise adjusted to bring them back to life. In some cases, l have converted the image to Black and White as l feel it is more effective like that. All these photographs were damaged in some way. The negatives had been scratched or marked just by being in storage and not being cared for over many years. The existing prints had been faded by light or damaged by poor handling and storage.

Using a computer software programme, l have been able to remove a lot of the marks and restore faded colour. Also, l have been able to change the balance of light and dark within the pictures and make them more dynamic. With any restoration work, l strive to retain the integrity of the original image. I do not remove objects or persons. Nor do l take aspects of other photos and add them to the original. I remain respectful to the original images and to the wishes of their owners. The resultant images are, therefore, not perfectly clean. They do not look like modern, digital images and they never will. It is time-consuming work and there comes a point when further, minimal improvements can only be made for considerably more cost. I like to be realistic about this and will not spend extra time on particular images unless specifically asked to do so. Time is money, after all.

 

The images l have displayed in "Restored" are all from my family. The Paris shots are all from my original negatives.


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