Recently I was given a whole load of photographs to scan, these were photographs that my mum had acquired after my uncle had sadly passed away. The photographs were of my mum and her sisters as children back in the 1940’s & 1950’s. The images fascinated me, not just because they were a part of my history but also because of the age of them and it made me think of the old photographic processes that these images would have gone through unlike the photographs of today with the digital technologies. Having something physical in my hand rather than looking at an image on a screen intrigued me.
After I had scanned them I noticed all of the imperfections within the images, such as scratches, fading, and dust. This gave them a unique quality and there was something quite delightful about it. I decided to tidy them up and add some colour to them. The colour I have added may not be the correct colour as I did not have the opportunity to ask my mother if she could remember what colours the clothes were, but using the correct colour was not so important. I just wanted to experiment with the images and give them a new lease of life. In a way this process was like “intertextuality”, taking something old and adding something new to it.
Screenshot in Photoshop
It has been an enjoyable experience editing and experimenting with these images and I am looking forward to going through the rest of them and playing around with the editing.