How do you feel about pictures being restored… or going even further, pictures being enhanced by adding colour back into black-&-white images of old?
Special2Us hasn’t been trading that long – about 5 years … and of all the restoration projects, the greatest number of requests are for the rebalancing of colour pictures from the 70s & 80s which are now very blue or very yellow in comparison with their original “Kodachrome” best… or conversely, for original black-&-white prints to have creases & watermarks removed. Occasionally there is the “please get rid of the red-eye” caused by flashbulbs & revelry at a party but so far, no subscribers have asked for photo recovery or enhancements such as the addition of colour or the “painting” of pictures.
So… is seeing a recoloured photo of your great grandparents a bit like an image of them NOT in their Sunday best?
Or is it, at last, bring history to “real life” & showing them they way they were: after all, who ever saw an oil painting portrait of its benefactor in monochrome?
Original Article on the development of photography from its original prints’ tones & contrasts to “real life” colour
TV historian Dan Snow uncovers a selection of photographs from Britain’s forgotten history in vivid colour to help us appreciate how despite changing times, people haven’t changed