Colourisation

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.

Margaret

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Scanned Image
© Christine Kearley & Richard Brochu-Williams

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Image tidied & cropped in Photoshop
© Christine Kearley & Richard Brochu-Williams

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Colourised
© Christine Kearley & Richard Brochu-Williams

Screenshot in Photoshop

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Screenshot in Photoshop
© Christine Kearley & Richard Brochu-Williams

Christine

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Scanned Image
© Christine Kearley & Richard Brochu-Williams

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Image tidied & cropped in Photoshop
© Christine Kearley & Richard Brochu-Williams

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Colourised
© Christine Kearley & Richard Brochu-Williams

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.

Underwater Portraiture

Zena Holloway

A big thank you to Matt MacPake for reintroducing me to Zena Holloway’s work. Zena Hollway is a self taught underwater photographer who lives in London. Her work is of exceptional quality and is something that I would aspire to achieve. Here are a sample of her images and her website is well worth a look.

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© Zena Holloway

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© Zena Holloway

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© Zena Holloway

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© Zena Holloway

Images © Zena Holloway, All rights reserved.

Zena Holloway. 2013. Zena Holloway: underwater photographer and director. [online] Available at: http://www.zenaholloway.com/ [Accessed: 7 November 2013].

Animal Portraiture / Wildlife Photography

Nick Brandt

Today I have turned my attentions back to animal portraiture but unlike the pet portraiture of Rachael Hale McKenna, Nick Brandt’s images are not of pets but images of animals in their natural habitat. These images are very striking and I’m starting to see a theme in the kind of images that I am being drawn to at the moment……..they all seem to be black and white!

There’s something quite enigmatic about the black and white image, you are less likely to be distracted by any contrasting colours which allows you to concentrate solely on the subject within the image and the mono image works well with any genre of photography, but this is only my opinion and others may not necessarily agree.

You can’t help but look at Nick Brandt’s images and be in awe of them.

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© Nick Brandt

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© Nick Brandt

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© Nick Brandt

All Images © Nick Brandt, All rights reserved

Nick Brandt. 2013. Nick Brandt : Photography. [online] Available at: http://www.nickbrandt.com/ [Accessed: 2 November 2013].

Animal Portraiture

Rachael Hale McKenna

Taking pictures of animals has always been a passion of mine but I have never really had the chance to do pet portraiture as I don’t really know too many people with pets and even if I did I would feel reluctant to charge them. I have done pet portraiture in the past for certain projects but have always used family members pets.

Most (if not all) of the pictures of animals that I have taken, have been whilst I have visited a zoo but these pictures can start to look a bit of the same after a while….nothing special!

Whilst flicking through a well known photography magazine, I came across this wonderful image that imprinted itself on my mind because it was so quirky. Here it is below:

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© Rachael Hale McKenna

When I saw the image for the first time it made me chuckle and I remember thinking how creative it was. This made me want to see more of the work by this artist. Rachael Hale McKenna is a New Zealander who also photographs a wider range of subjects.

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© Rachael Hale McKenna

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© Rachael Hale McKenna

Rachael McKenna. 2013. Rachael Hale Mckenna Photography | homepage. [online] Available at: http://www.rachaelmckenna.com/ [Accessed: 29 October 2013].

Portfolio Portraiture Pictures

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Portraiture pictures from portfolio
© Richard Brochu-Williams, 2013
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As part of my exhibit at the Photography Degree Show 2013 at the University of Hertfordshire I also exhibited a printed portfolio containing more underwater portraiture. These images can be viewed on my website in the Portraiture section.

I really enjoyed making these images and it would not have been at all possible without the help of Nicola Gwyther (Underwater Art) who helped me immensely and allowed me to use her expensive underwater equipment. I would like take more underwater pictures in the future, maybe in a more natural setting, such as the sea because as a photographer I really enjoy photographing animals and nature and capturing them in their natural habitat. I just need to work hard so that I can afford the necessary equipment :/

Please take a look at my Portraiture page and I hope that you enjoy. Also it’s worth taking a look at the work of Nicola Gwyther, especially if you have young children!

Brochu-Williams Photography

Underwater Art by Nicola Gwyther