20 September 2013
Photos are always fun and sometimes provocative!
Recently on PetaPixel there was a post, Colorizing Photoshoppers Put a New Spin on Old Historical Photos.
...There’s an awesome little subreddit that has been getting a lot of press coverage as of late. It’s called ColorizedHistory, and is a 20,000+ person strong community of “Amateur Historians” who are interested in the idea of creating high quality colorized versions of historical black-and-white photographs...
The images are fascinating.
I’m not sure what I think of this. It’s funny to say that I associate black-and-white and sepia colored images and hand-colored images as indicative of the “age” of an image. For example, I expect all civil war images to be black-and-white. Even in the early 1900s, the images taken of my family are all black-and-white with a hand-colored image here and there.
Yet, if I really think about it, my descendants will only see all the “color” photos that I have taken. Might future photos be different? Maybe “move” as depicted in the Harry Potter book series?
It’s also interesting that many of the black-and-white images seem grittier to me than their newly colored counterparts? Is that just my familiarity with some of the images (and so they look “wrong” to me when colorized) or is there something else going on? Well, we are genealogists and not psychologists and so I’ll put that aside for now ...
What do you think about colorized versions of historical black-and-white images? Thumbs up, thumbs down, not sure?
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