Photographer Creates Whimsical Images From Restored Black and White Photos

Aug 19, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Photographer Creates Whimsical Images From Restored Black and White Photos

Aug 19, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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I love old photographs…  Our home is decorated with snapshots from bygone eras and our basement has stacks of them (some dating back to the mid-1800s) sitting in boxes waiting for us to determine what we’ll do with them.

But, taking old photo love to a completely new level, Australian photographer Jane Long decided to take the image collections of Costică Acsinte and not only restore and colorize them but add a bit of a whimsical twist along the way.  Her vision and creativity apparent in the project are not only fascinating but rather humorous, at points.

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“The Dancing with Costică series initially came about when I decided to brush up on my retouching skills. After finding the Costică Acsinte Archive on Flickr I became fascinated with the images and their subjects. I wanted to bring them to life. But more than that I wanted to give them a story.”

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“I wanted there to be some ambiguity about the images. Things that are almost real or not quite right. That’s why I like to place them in a slightly surreal context. But I think it should be up to the viewer to determine if the characters in my images are good or bad, light or dark.”

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“I will probably never know the real stories of these people but in my mind they became characters in tales of my own invention…star crossed lovers, a girl waiting for her lover to come home, boys sharing a fantasy, innocent children with a little hint of something dark.”

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“This is in many ways a collaboration, albeit one with a photographer I have never met (and never will)and the man who has taken it upon himself to conserve the archive. It is through the work of Cezar Popescu in restoring and digitizing these images that I am able to draw on such a rich source of inspiration in Costică Ascinte’s work.”

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All Hands on Deck

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The series, on exhibit at the Romanian Embassy in Canberra, Australia, is the melding of passion, vision, and history.  To see more of Jane’s incredible work, check out her website, or follow her on Facebook and Flickr!

 

The series was exhibited at the Romanian Embassy in Canberra, Australia from March-June this year. It
was also shown at the Romanian Photo Festival in May and opens at the Ballarat International Foto
Biennale on the 22 nd of August.

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Allen Mowery

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9 responses to “Photographer Creates Whimsical Images From Restored Black and White Photos”

  1. Paul Menard Avatar
    Paul Menard

    these are great

  2. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    Very clever. New life for old art.

  3. gato Avatar
    gato

    Oh what a shit is this!?! Photoshopping for ever. No respect to the original photographs. This you can do with every materials by composing everathing with anything. Were is the sense off?

    1. Aankhen Avatar
      Aankhen

      What is this I can’t even.

  4. Jan Avatar
    Jan

    I think these are really well done, but I kind of agree with gato, this completely alters the original photographs. I really prefer the originals ones as they tells the real history.

  5. Aankhen Avatar
    Aankhen

    Very cool.

  6. Neal Grant Avatar
    Neal Grant

    Dang. haters gonna hate. This is pretty cool and requires a ton more creativity than some of the so-called famous street photographers who take a picture of a garbage can and call it art…colorizing old pictures always trips me out

  7. Tiffany Mueller Avatar
    Tiffany Mueller

    So creative, love these!

  8. Alecio J Evangelista Avatar
    Alecio J Evangelista

    Love it, I totally prefer the photos after all the work he did.